Tesla’s gigantic Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada has been able to churn out battery packs for the company’s groundbreaking line of electric vehicles at the rate of around 5,000 a week for some considerable time now. In terms of sheer volume, that puts Elon Musk’s operation in a stronger position than all other rival electric car companies put together. This is an important factor in the company’s soaring share price, and by extension Musks world-beating bank balance.
So how on earth are they accomplishing it – and how much quicker can Elon Musk’s groundbreaking firm potentially go? Today, we’re donning our hard-hats for a look behind the scenes at exactly how Tesla builds batteries so fast.
Elon Musk has made no secret of the fact that one of the main stumbling blocks he faces on his way to weaning humanity off the internal combustion engine is the quality and capacity of the batteries his cars use. Making a car run on electricity is easy enough, apparently. But storing enough precious juice on-board to make owning an electric car a comparable or even superior proposition than regular gas guzzlers has thus far proven elusive.
How Tesla Build Batteries So Fast