Tesla has been seeking to increase Gigafactory Texas since its opening, however the scope of the electrical automobile automaker’s plans hasn’t been precisely clear. Now, Tesla has filed official paperwork for a number of growth initiatives, set to yield big will increase to manufacturing capability, floor space and the attain of the manufacturing facility’s varied initiatives.
A submitting dated January 9 reveals that Tesla is planning to take a position $717 million into growth initiatives to assemble buildings overlaying a further 1.4 million sq. toes, in response to a report from Austin Enterprise Journal (through CNBC). The filings, submitted to the Texas Division of Licensing and Regulation, present plans for a variety of developments, together with battery cell testing, manufacturing, cathode manufacturing, drive items, and a die store, all alongside different plans nonetheless.
The growth plans embody 4 separate buildings, and whereas the small print should still be topic to alter, the venture will finally end in a large overhaul of the plant’s present operations. Tesla has filed for the buildings as new development initiatives, for “floor up and full inside end out of the manufacturing facility.”
In line with the submitting, Tesla’s largest new constructing will cowl 693,093 sq. toes and has been dubbed “Cell 1.” The Cell 1 constructing is anticipated to value $368 million, with development set to run from January 23, 2023, to February 12, 2024.
The second-largest constructing is listed with a floor space of 423,032 sq. toes and can embody an $85 million funding to finish. Known as “Drive Unit,” the constructing will start development on February 6, 2023, lasting till January 15, 2024.
The subsequent-largest constructing is aptly-named “Cathode,” and assuming they’re the identical venture, it was initially reported final February after Tesla filed for as much as 36 acres. Austin Enterprise Journal notes that it isn’t but clear if this is similar constructing that was detailed in a February 2 submitting final yr, although the same cathode naming conference would counsel that it’s. Experiences confirmed that Tesla had already begun development on this venture final August.
Lastly, the smallest of Tesla’s 4 new buildings is the “Cell Check Lab,” which is simply rated for two,560 sq. toes, or the scale of a median espresso store. As for prices, the Cell Check Lab can be priced round $3.7 million, with the development venture operating from January 30, 2023, to August 25, 2023.
Tesla additionally filed for a 174,979-square-foot growth venture dubbed “Plastics” in December, with development anticipated to start late final month. Upon completion of the growth initiatives, the entire floor footprint of Tesla’s Giga Texas is anticipated to extend to roughly 5.6 million sq. toes.
The information is simply the newest in Tesla’s worldwide growth plans, and it comes forward of the automaker’s plans to provide the Cybertruck at its Texas facility later this yr. Tesla is already the most important manufacturing plant in Central Texas, and these expansions will improve that lead whereas including essential, multi-step manufacturing initiatives for the weather wanted to construct EVs.
Initially posted on EVANNEX. Written by Peter McGuthrie.
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