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Published on November 12th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Tesla Gigafactory For Electric Car Batteries

November 12th, 2013 by  


If you didn’t catch our live blog of Tesla’s 3rd quarter financials Q&A, one of the most interesting segments of that was when Tesla CEO, Chairman, and Product Architect Elon Musk discussed building a gigafactory for electric car batteries.

A questioner actually got the discussion going, asking if the Tesla team had thought about building its own battery cell plant in order to deal with the battery supply challenges it is having.

Elon replied that they were exploring a lot of different options, but he did mention that they might build what he called a “gigafactory” with partners in North America.

Later on, the topic came back up, and Elon said that it wasn’t the time to discuss this, but he then went on to say quite a bit about it. He said that it would be super green, solar powered, and huge. As Chris DeMorro at sister site Gas2 adds, it would also include a battery recycling program, natch.

There were a lot of other interesting points made in the Q&A, so jump back over there for more.

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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