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Tesla Gigafactory: New aerial pictures show progress and new expansions [Gallery]

Aerial view July 2016

Following the media event and tour of the Gigafactory yesterday, Tesla released a new set of beautiful aerial pictures of the factory, showing the scale of the massive battery plant. You will find a gallery of the pictures below.

The building currently represents only 14% of the total square-footage it will offer once completed.

You can already see several expansions on both sides of the plant. Tesla CTO JB Straubel said that the new expansions will start contributing to battery cell production within 12 months.

The wall on the bottom of the image featured above is the only one that will still stand once the factory is completed. Every other wall will be removed as the company adds sections to the project.

Here’s the gallery (all pictures via Tesla – click for higher resolution):

The plant is already producing battery packs for Tesla’s stationary energy storage business, Tesla Energy, and it is ramping up for car battery pack production.

The first battery cell production line is up but not in operation yet. During the media tour, the company completely blocked access to the cell manufacturing machines – saying that the technology is proprietary to Panasonic.

When first announcing the battery plant, Tesla was talking about a total output of 50 GWh, but this week, Tesla confirmed that the new plant will aim to produce around 150 GWh of battery pack in order to support the company’s plans to produce around 1 million cars in 2020 (when the factory should hit its full production rate).

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