Published on January 21st, 2017 | by James Ayre0
Tesla To Shift Electric Motor & Gearbox Production To Gigafactory 1
January 21st, 2017 by James Ayre
In concert with the gearing up process for Model 3 production, Tesla will be shifting at least some gearbox and electric motor production to the still under construction Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, going by a recent tweet from Nevada State Governor Brian Sandoval.
The move will free up production space at Tesla’s increasingly crowded (but soon to be expanded) manufacturing facility in Fremont, California, in anticipation of the beginning of Model 3 mass production. The company is aiming to hit a production run rate of 500,000 vehicles a year by the end of 2018, it should be remembered.
Here’s Nevada State Governor Brian Sandoval’s tweet on the matter:
— Governor Sandoval (@GovSandoval) January 18, 2017
The move will reportedly create around 550 new jobs in Nevada, something that I’m sure the state’s governor has no interest in complaining about.
While the Tesla + Panasonic Gigafactory is only around 30% completed, the facility is already enormous and is expected to host an employee/manufacturing force of around 6,500 by the end of the year. Once the facility is completely finished (by 2020 or so), it will reportedly feature an employee force of around 10,000.
For a look at where things stand as far as the completion level of the Gigafactory, see: Tesla Gigafactory Progress Update (Drone Video).
And for more information on the planned 100% renewable energy nature of the facility, see: Tesla Gigafactory Rooftop Solar System To Be ~7 Times Larger Than Largest Rooftop Solar System Today.