When Tesla unveiled their plans for a so-called “˜Gigafactory‘, back in September of last year, there was a lot of speculation (amidst applause) as to whether or not Elon Musk and Co. would be able to construct the massive lithium-ion plant by it‘s intended operational date of 2017.
Since the announcement, curiosity has spiked over the construction of the plant on the outskirts of Nevada, with reports of vertical construction doing the rounds in January of this year.
However, now, for the first time since construction began on the plant, we can actually see the progress – and revel in the sheer scale of the plant – from a bird‘s eye view.
A YouTuber, that goes by the name of “˜Quick Laptop Cash‘ (yeah, we know…) uploaded this aerial video of the Tesla Gigafactory on Sunday. The YouTuber also wrote in the description that the video was filmed in a Sunday when there were no workers present and that they shot the footage from “˜over a mile away…[sic] maintaining an altitude of not more than 400 feet above ground level.‘
The footage is rather impressive and shows the entire extent of the massive factory on its 1000-acre premises. Thus far, we can see that the building us two-stories high and looks like it‘s nearing completion on the roof.
When it is completed, the Tesla Gigafactory aims to produce 50Gwh in annual battery production in five years‘ time by 2020. They claim that this would be enough to power 500 000 Tesla cars and power the Tesla Powerwall home energy-storage battery.
It will also provide jobs to around 6500 people once it is fully operational.
Sources claim that the construction of the massive plant will cost more than $5 billion.
Check out the video below (and please excuse the ominous music that makes it sound like we‘re on the verge of a battery apocalypse…)