An Early Look At A Building That Could Change The World
When completed, this 5.5M sq. ft building outside Sparks Nevada will produce batteries for Tesla cars, allowing production of affordable electric cars.
Elon Musk intends for this building to propel humanity forward to sustainable transportation, by bringing the entire lithium-ion battery manufacturing process under one roof. Battery production would start in 2017, and be up to full scale production by 2020.
Not only will it be the biggest lithium-ion producing factory on earth, but bigger than all existing Li-ion battery facilities in the world combined!
The entire building will be completely powered by renewable energy via rooftop solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal energy. The factory is perfectly aligned with true North to maximize solar efficiency, and allow GPS placement of the internal production centers inside the building.
The roof should be completed by Feb 2016. Solar panels will be installed later, but the white covering will keep the roof cool, and optimize solar panel efficiency.
The Gigafactory’s electrical infrastructure reportedly cost approximately $300,000.
The foundation alone cost an estimated $16 million, and just the steel and concrete for the buildings mezzanine cost nearly $13 million.