Skip to main content

First pictures from inside the Tesla Gigafactory emerge

Gigatactory 1 picture inside

Even though Tesla has been producing stationary energy storage products at the Gigafactory 1 in Nevada for a few months now, we haven’t had the chance to see any pictures from inside the plant since the walls of the first section of the factory are up.

Today we get our first modest look via professional photographer James Lipman’s Instagram (first spotted by Evannex).

You might be familiar with Lipman’s work since we featured some of his pictures before, but his work also appeared in popular car magazines such as Top Gear, Car, Evo and others.

Lipman also lists Tesla as a recent client, which would explain why he was given access to the Tesla Gigafactory. Drone footage and other “spy shots” have stop emerging since a photographer from the Reno Gazette-Journal was arrested on the site after trespassing and allegedly running over Tesla security personals.

Here are the pictures from Lipman’s Instagram:

#hypermodern #Tesla #Gigafactory 1 at Sparks, NV

A photo posted by James Lipman (@jameslipman) on

Tesla is calling the factory in Nevada the “Gigafactory 1” since it intents to treat it as a product and eventually to have several other Gigafactories. The company is reportedly in talks with German officials over building ‘Gigafactory 2’ in Germany.

#Tesla #Gigafactory 1 site at Sparks, NV

A photo posted by James Lipman (@jameslipman) on

It’s safe to assume that Lipman’s presence at the Gigafactory wasn’t to post some pictures to his Instagram and that we should see some officials photos from Tesla in the near future.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company plans to host a launch event for the first part of the factory in April 2016. We recently reported that the structure on site is only a fraction of the company’s planned total footprint, which could be almost 40% larger than expected.

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Stay up to date with the latest content by subscribing to Electrek on Google News. You’re reading Electrek— experts who break news about Tesla, electric vehicles, and green energy, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow Electrek on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our YouTube channel for the latest reviews.


  1. Kalud - 7 years ago

    Taken down already ? Any mirror ?

    • Fred Lambert - 7 years ago

      The ones that were taken down are the ones in the featured in the top image above.


Avatar for Fred Lambert Fred Lambert

Fred is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Electrek.

You can send tips on Twitter (DMs open) or via email:

Through, you can check out Fred’s portfolio and get monthly green stock investment ideas.