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Jan
2017
Tesla is Investing $350 Million in Its Giant Gigafactory and Hiring Hundreds Of Workers

Tesla is Investing $350 Million in Its Giant Gigafactory and Hiring Hundreds Of Workers

21 Jan 2017


Tesla is making good on promises to invest and hire at its massive Gigafactory in Nevada. 

According to Electrek, the carmaker will spend $350 million and hire 500 workers to ramp up production of drivetrains for its forthcoming Model 3 mass-market vehicle, which will be priced at $35,000.

Tesla already has a factory in Fremont, CA, building its Model S sedan and Model X SUV.

But last year it indicated that it could do the Model 3 drivetrains in Nevada, where it has partnered with Panasonic to greatly increase production of lithium-ion battery makes.

Constructing the packs and pairing them with electric motors and transmissions makes a certain amount of sense, although the Gigafactory is roughly 250 miles from Fremont, adding logistics issues to Tesla's manufacturing and assembly processes. 

The Fremont factory also has a manufacturing capacity of around 500,000 vehicles annually — based on output when the plant was called NUMMI and was a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors — but thus far the most Tesla has been able to produce is about 85,000 in 2016.

Source: business insider


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