Tesla’s New Gigafactory: Key to the Future?
Tesla has a “master” plan to create an affordable AND efficient electric car for the masses and they dubbed it the Model 3. To achieve this goal Tesla has to be able to produce the same amount of lithium-ion batteries that the entire world created in 2013. To do this they are building what they call the Gigafactory.
Tesla broke ground on the new factory in June of 2014 outside of Sparks, Nevada. Elon Musk officially opened the $5 billion dollar factory on July 28, 2016. The car company plans to begin manufacturing batteries by 2017 and want to produce 500,000 batteries a year by 2020. Tesla doesn’t want to just build more batteries, but they want to be more efficient and environmentally friendly. To accomplish this goal, the new factory will run completely (or close to a net of zero) on renewable energy. The factory itself will be like a small town in the middle of the desert. The building will have the largest footprint of any building in the world.
The new factory holds the fate of not only the company but also affordable electric automobiles in its hands so the plan has to be executed with very few flaws. For this reason, the company is looking for a number of engineering, manufacturing, and facility positions. If you happen to live in the area you can visit Tesla’s page on the Gigafactory (https://www.tesla.com/gigafactory) to apply.