【6个月与240万平方英尺 世界上最大的工厂建设中】

【6个月与240万平方英尺 世界上最大的工厂建设中】特斯拉的 Gigafactory 被认为是世界上最大的工厂,目前仍然在建设中。在无人机的画面拍摄中,该工厂在 6 个月内增加了 240万平方英尺,未来将高度参与太阳能面板、居民电池系统等产业生产。今年夏天这一建筑的完成度仅为百分之十四,想要完全建好大概要等到 2020 年。

Elon Musk's Gigafactory is taking shape: Drone footage reveals world's biggest building has added 2.4 MILLION square feet in just six months

By STACY LIBERATORE

It's deemed the biggest factory in the world – but when Tesla opened the doors to its 'Gigafactory' earlier this year, only 14 percent was complete.

Fast forward six months later, and new drone footage reveals that the electric carmaker has more than doubled the size by adding an additional 2.4 million square feet of space to the campus.

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The north end of the massive building appears to be finished, making up about 4.5 million square feet of the overall 10 million square foot structure that is set to be done by 2020.

Matthew Roberts, a digital content creator and aerial videographer, shot the latest footage of the plant using a DJI Phantom 3 drone in 4K, reports Engadget.

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The electric car maker has set a goal of 10 million square feet for the finished campus, but with multiple floors in the building it could end up finishing at 15 million square feet.

The massive structure, although far from completion, stands out among the dusty, barren landscape of Spark, Nevada.

Tesla broke ground for its Gigafactory in 2014 and will produce the firm's own lithium-ion batteries in a bid to reduce costs.

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The firm foresees it will drive down the per kilowatt hour (kWh) costs of their battery pack by more than 30 percent.

And keeping with Tesla's green theme, the plant will also be powered by renewable resources, 'with the goal of achieving net zero energy,' Tesla says.

CEO Elon Musk said the factory could easily employ 10,000 people in the next three to four years.

The name Gigafactory comes from the factory's planned annual battery production capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours (GWh).

'Giga' is a unit of measurement that represents 'billions'.

One GWh is the equivalent of generating (or consuming) one billion watts for one hour—one million times that of one kWh.

The Gigafactory is now producing battery packs but not yet creating the cells inside, Musk revealed.

The huge project is part of the billionaire's quest to drive down the cost of electric cars and create home battery packs to provide cheaper electricity.

The 13-year-old electric car company, which has never made a full-year profit, wants to transition from a niche maker of luxury vehicles to a full-line maker of affordable cars, pickups and even semi-trucks.

However, a major reason for this new facility is that Tesla needs batteries for its fourth electric car, the Model 3 sedan, will is expected to hit the market next year – its starting price is around $35,000.

Although it may seem like a hefty price tag to some, this is the firm's least expensive model, which is due to the reduction in battery cost.

Tesla is seeking to raise its global manufacturing capacity to 500,000 vehicles in 2018 from an expected production rate of about 80,000 this year.

The batteries for Tesla's current vehicles, the Model S sedan and Model X SUV, are made in Japan. To get the fund the construction of billion dollar Gigafactory, the car maker has partnered with Panasonic Corp, which has invested $1.6 billion into the project.

This money has paid for equipment in sealed, humidity-controlled rooms that manufacture the batteries.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4062860/Elon-Musk-s-Gigafactory-taking-shape-Drone-footage-reveals-world-s-biggest-building-added-2-4-MILLION-square-feet-just-six-months.html

 


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