Tesla Gigafactory Texas in Austin is beginning to take form with development ramping up on either side of the primary part of the development website.
In Could 2020, Electrek solely reported that Tesla’s next factory is going to be in Austin.
On the time, a supply stated that Tesla deliberate to maneuver quick, with hopes to have a normal meeting line for Mannequin Y in Texas by the top of the yr.
That’s even if the manufacturing facility was first often known as the “Cybertruck Gigafactory” to supply Tesla’s new electrical pickup vehicles.
It took longer than anticipated for Tesla to undergo the approval course of, ensuing within the Gigafactory Texas mission in Austin not being approved until the end of July 2020.
That killed the hope to have any form of manufacturing capability on the website earlier than the top of the yr, however the mission remains to be transferring quick.
Final month, we shared a video of the construction sites showing great progress on the foundations of the plant.
Now a month later, a brand new drone video from Jeff Roberts exhibits that the manufacturing facility is beginning to take form with the primary constructing going up:
We are able to see the metal beams of a two-story constructing developing with foundations round giving us an thought of the scale of the constructing:
On the opposite aspect of the positioning of the primary part of Tesla Gigafactory Texas, there’s additionally a variety of development work at what we imagine are the foundations of Tesla’s upcoming big casting machines for the manufacturing facility:
The progress we’re seeing on the website in the previous few weeks is encouraging, however Tesla and its contractors are nonetheless solely engaged on the bottom construct (the core components of the constructing).
The troublesome half goes to occur early subsequent yr when Tesla is predicted to start out deploying manufacturing tools on the website to place its manufacturing processes in place.
At first, the main target goes to be on Mannequin Y manufacturing, however Tesla rapidly plans to start out engaged on Cybertruck manufacturing on the manufacturing facility.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk lately commented that to ensure that Tesla to carry the Cybertruck to manufacturing by the top of the yr, everything needs to go smoothly at Gigafactory Texas, and they should develop their new manufacturing course of for the pickup’s exoskeleton physique.
The CEO warned that there are going to be challenges when attempting to try this, and he set the stage for attainable delays.
The official timeline for the beginning of some form of manufacturing (not essentially full automobiles) at Gigafactory Texas is now round May 2021.
Tesla has additionally lately acquired even more land across the Gigafactory Texas website, and it’s trying to deploy battery cell production capacity at the site, too.
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