Tesla begins production at Gigafactory 1
We’ve all heard the debates over renewable energy and climate change. Many recognise the need for change; however some, including the newly elected President of the US, aren’t convinced that climate change is real or that sustainable energy is a necessity. It is probably these mixed views that have made the change and search for renewable energy slower than it needs to be. However, the pace is about to pick up.
Tesla’s new Gigafactory in Nevada began production of lithium ion batteries last Wednesday, a key part in Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Tesla motors are innovators in electric vehicles, and their plans to force change in the automobile industry require both a high production rate and more affordable costs. Tesla’s mission has attracted big name partners, including Panasonic who co-engineered the battery cells and are also manufacturing them at the Gigafactory.
This enormous factory when complete will cover 1.9 million square feet, and its big size is going to have big impact. Not only is the factory powered entirely by renewable energy, by the end of 2018 it is set to produce more batteries than usually produced worldwide. The methods and rate of their production will drive down the price of batteries, making their products available to a much wider market.
Later in the year the Gigafactory will begin production of battery cells for Tesla’s Model 3, their most affordable car yet starting at $35,000. Alongside an ever growing supercharge network where Tesla drivers can charge their car for free; this will become a very appealing option for drivers. This should encourage competition to offer other brands of electric cars; and there will certainly be enough batteries to go around.
If successful in their mission battery powered vehicles and energy products will allow us to move forward into a cleaner future.