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Published on May 30th, 2014 | by James Ayre


Tesla Gigafactory Press Image Based On Reno Airport?

May 30th, 2014 by  

Was the press image rendering of the Gigafactory based on a photo of the Reno Stead airport? People familiar with the region have been noting that for awhile, but the point has been particularly highlighted in recent weeks as people have been dying to find out where Tesla’s gigafactory (or gigafactories) will be.

And if it is indeed an image of the Reno Airport (still an open question) what does that mean exactly? Is the site — or Nevada in general — a shoe-in for the/a gigafactory? Interesting questions.

Tesla Gigafactory

Reno airport

Given the location of Nevada — close to Tesla’s operations in California — the state has always seemed like one of the most likely places for the Gigafactory, this theory (realization?) just adds to that perception.

The observation was made recently by the fun-writing Tesla enthusiast over at TeslaMondo. Here’s more from him:

Assuming we’re right, does this mean the airport is a shoo-in for a Tesla factory site? No, but certainly it’s been a consideration from day one. And day one is an important day for any project. If the factory does come to this property, there’s a cool back story. A team of daredevil engineers used the airport for multiple attempts at launching a massive balloon dubbed “Earthwinds Hilton,” aiming to circumnavigate the earth. All attempts failed, but the spirit of trailblazing accomplishment could live on via Musk.

What do you think?

In related news — Tesla is now the biggest auto-industry employer in the state of California. Given the impressive number of jobs that the EV manufacturer has brought to the state, Nevada would be fortunate to get the factory.

There is obviously still some competition out there, though, with Texas, Arizona, and perhaps even California all vying for the prize.

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About the Author

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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