New video shows how big Tesla’s Gigafactory really is


Anything called a “Gigafactory” being built in the Nevada desert was always going to be big. (There’s no other reason to build something in the Nevada desert, for one.) But a new behind-the-scenes video from Wired shows the speed and ambition that Tesla is applying to building Elon Musk’s new supervillain lair the factory where the Model 3 will be made.

The Gigafactory is under construction in Sparks, Nevada. When it’s finished, it will be the biggest building in the world by footprint, and will churn out batteries for 500,000 Model 3s per year. But first, Tesla needs four walls and a roof.

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Wired‘s video does a good job of showing off how impatient Tesla is being. The first section of the factory is already up and running, assembling battery cells into battery packs. At the same time, the basic structure of another factory section is being built outside. Other parts of the factory are still just hot sand.


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