An aerial view of the Tesla Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada
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Tesla plans to spend $3.6 billion more on expanded battery and heavy-duty truck manufacturing in Nevada the company said on Tuesday on social media.
According to its public statements, Tesla It eventually intends to employ 3,000 more people in the two new facilities.
It was not immediately clear whether Tesla’s plans expand the company’s manufacturing footprint beyond the property it is already developing in Sparks, Nevada, outside Reno.
Tesla said in a statement that its new facilities will include a 100 GWh battery cell factory, where the company expects to have the capacity to manufacture battery cells for 2 million light duty vehicles annually, and a high-volume factory where it will eventually produce its Will build Class 8 heavy-duty, fully electric truck, Tesla Semi.
Tesla began construction of its first battery factory in Nevada in 2014. It operates this plant today with a major SAIL supplier, co-tenant and co-investor in the factory. Panasonic, The massive factory is known as GF1, Giga Nevada or the original Tesla Gigafactory. It primarily manufactures and supplies Tesla’s Fremont, California, vehicle assembly plant with high-voltage battery packs.
Republican Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo revealed details about Tesla’s plans for expansion in the state early Monday. Tesla confirmed the plans on Tuesday ahead of its fourth-quarter earnings update, which is scheduled after the close of markets on Wednesday.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk holds a ceremony Nevada in December To kick off deliveries of the company’s Tesla Semi to a key early customer, PepsiCo, Tesla first announced its plans to produce the Semi in 2017, and had a targeted start of production in 2019 that was delayed until 2022. The company isn’t building high volumes of semi trucks yet, but is building some at the Nevada Gigafactory.
Tesla fans and critics have been posting pictures of the Tesla Semi truck emblazoned with Pepsi Frito Lay branding He’s seen on the road since that announcement, including some with broken shoulders.
Tesla has yet to publicly disclose how much each truck cost, and has not said how many trucks it has built or sold Fourth Quarter Delivery Report.
The company is expected to share more details on its halving program in its Q4 earnings call.