All numbers indicate that this will be the year in which Tesla exceeds one million electric units sold; a very special step, even if in a few years it will come to nothing because the expectations of being able to quickly double these figures are indeed very high. Given this strong demand expected for the future, Tesla needs to expand the Nevada Gigafactory in order to obtain more batteries with which to power its EV units. Plans for growth are already underway, although no one knows for certain when exactly said work will be carried out at the plant the company shares with Panasonic in Nevada.
Within the Tesla factory network, the Nevada factory plays a key role. Although very little mentioned in the mass media, eclipsed by the figures and the news of other factories such as Fremont or Giga-Shanghai, the Nevada Gigafactory has the important role of being the one that manufactures the batteries to power the whole regularly. lines. In recent years it has remained almost unchanged, but as published by Electrek, Tesla already has the plans and details on the table for a rapid expansion that will allow it to significantly increase the number of cells and batteries produced there. .
The Nevada plant is a partnership between Tesla and Panasonic. With shared operations, both companies are working hard to ensure a steady flow of batteries in this sales expansion. At the time, the factory was advertised as one of the largest buildings in the world, although it currently occupies only 30% of its estimated final space; the new extension will expand operations and improve processes to increase the plant’s production capacity.
Tesla Plans Gigafactory Nevada Expansion, Starting With Expanding Building’s ‘C’ Section – Electrek
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At its inauguration, Panasonic and Tesla announced a production capacity of 105 GWh of cells per year; and 150 GWh of battery packs per year once the plant has reached its maximum capacity. For now, the actual production capacity is unknown, as in recent years workers have been more committed to improving processes and optimizing the end product than to anything else. It’s reasonable to assume that this expansion means both companies are ready to go further, increasing size and production.
This year will be remembered as the year of the opening and expansion of almost every factory that Tesla owns around the world. After the opening of the Giga Berlin and Giga Texas factories last March, a few months later, the two sites were quickly modernized and expanded. The same thing happened with the company’s most important production center today, the Shanghai Gigafactory. The Chinese factory produces more cars than any other factory of the company, and thanks to its expansion, it will be able to offer even higher performance.
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Nico Caballero is Cogency Power’s Vice President of Finance, which specializes in solar energy. He also holds a degree in electric cars from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and enjoys researching Tesla and EV batteries. He can be reached at @NicoTorqueNews on Twitter. Nico covers the latest in Tesla and electric vehicles at Torque News.