Moments ago Tesla emailed that battery cell production has begun at the Gigafactory (er, Gigafactory 1).
The press release (which is posted in full at the bottom of this article) is clear and concise enough – but here are 7 key highlights:
- Mass production has commenced for battery cells that will be used in the Tesla Powerwall 2 and the Tesla Powerpack 2.
- Production of battery cells to be used in the Model 3 in Q2.
- By 2018, Tesla aims to reach annual production of “35 GWh/year of lithium-ion battery cells, nearly as much as the rest of the entire world’s battery production combined.”
- The Gigafactory is not yet 30% completed, but it already has “a footprint of 1.9 million square feet” and “houses 4.9 million square feet of operational space across several floors.”
- The Gigafactory will be the largest building in the world when completed.
- “With the Gigafactory online and ramping up production, our cost of battery cells will significantly decline due to increasing automation and process design to enhance yield, lowered capital investment per Wh of production, the simple optimization of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof, and economies of scale.”
- In 2017, “the Gigafactory will directly employ 6,500 people and indirectly create between 20,000 to 30,000 additional jobs in the surrounding regions’. (cont..)