Tesla will soon expand its Gigafactory in Nevada

After years of being stuck at about "30% of the final expected size", Tesla finally plans to expand its super battery factory in Nevada.

Tesla's Nevada Super Factory is a battery production factory built in cooperation with Panasonic. It started production in the first quarter of 2016 and mainly produces energy storage batteries and vehicle-mounted power batteries. At present, the Nevada super factory has 13 production lines, mainly producing 21700 and other cylindrical batteries. Last year, the trial production of 4680 batteries was officially launched. According to the plan, the production capacity of the plant will be increased by 10% to 39 GWh in 2022. According to Tesla's original plan, the factory can produce 105GWh of cells per year and 150GWh of battery packs per year after completion, and it says it will be the largest building in the world.

However, the plant is currently only about 30% complete, and Tesla has not expanded the facility for years as both the automaker and Panasonic have focused on optimizing current production capacity.

Here's what the Gigafactory will look like when it's built (yellow), along with the existing Tesla operations (red) and Panasonic (blue):

According to Electrek, Tesla is now finally expanding the plant's footprint by expanding the building. The first, according to sources familiar with the matter, is to expand the building's "C" area.

As pictured above, the new building is expected to be used for cell manufacturing. Tesla has no definite timetable for launching the construction project, but it is understood that construction will begin soon.

Currently, the building covers "over 1.9 million square feet" but has "approximately 5.3 million square feet of operating space" because the building has several floors.

Tesla previously planned to achieve full capacity production with the existing production line, and then expand the plant and production line. Now that Tesla is about to expand it, it seems to confirm from the side that the current factory has achieved the goal of full production.

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