As we recently reported in our latest updates about the Tesla Gigafactory, it grew in size a lot over the past few months. New sections south of the plant and one north of it added 3.45 million square feet to the already 1.9 million square feet of existing space at the factory.
It looks like Tesla plans for it to keep growing as the company obtained permits for over $60 million in construction projects at the factory over the last month.
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Among the recent series of permits published on Buildzoom, we ca see that Tesla plans to build an important tower skid since it obtained a permit for its foundation, which is valued at $8.5 million alone.
Other important projects include the expansion of the F section at the north of the plant. Tesla obtained two permits for it last month at a valuation of $53 million.
Tesla also obtained a permit for a $6.9 million thermal energy storage tank, which would explain the massive hole it dug into the mountain next to the factory two months ago:
A few of the permits are also for Panasonic to keep building its battery cell production lines. It includes a building just for “safety cell test”.
Additionally, Tesla also acquired a permit to demolish an abandoned house on its property a few weeks ago.
Tesla is already producing the Powerpack 2 at the Gigafactory 1 and the new Powerwall 2 should start coming off the assembly line in the next few weeks for the first deliveries and installations in December-January. Tesla is being more vague about the start of production for the new 2170 cells by Panasonic, but the production is expected to be necessary for any volume delivery of both new generation stationary storage products and therefore, it should also be starting around the same time.
Panasonic was holding a job fair at the Gigafactory yesterday in order to hire, material handlers, maintenance technicians, production operators and shift leads.
As we recently reported, Tesla is also building new more advanced and automated drive system production lines at the Gigafactory. The automaker is expected to produce both the battery pack and the drive unit of the Model 3 at the plant.