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https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/tesla-plans-to-spend-700m-to-expand-austin-gigafactory/

https://www.motorauthority.com/news...ns-more-than-700m-in-upgrades-for-texas-plant

Tesla is planning major upgrades for its plant in Austin, Texas, according to filings made with the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration in January.

First reported on Tuesday by the Austin Business Journal, the filings indicate Tesla plans to invest $717 million in the site to add around 1.4 million square feet of space.

Four new buildings were mentioned in the plans, including for battery cell development and production, cathode and drive unit production, and a die shop.

 
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It isn't certain if these are all new buildings or just the completion (internally) of existing buildings.

The Cathode building is already built mostly. Battery Cell development could be the NW corner of the big building. Tesla WILL be adding 1.4 million square feet of usable space as they finish out these buildings.

But, I suppose Tesla could be wanting to make the drive units in a separate building and ship them over though that isn't very efficient.
 

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It isn't certain if these are all new buildings or just the completion (internally) of existing buildings.

The Cathode building is already built mostly. Battery Cell development could be the NW corner of the big building. Tesla WILL be adding 1.4 million square feet of usable space as they finish out these buildings.

But, I suppose Tesla could be wanting to make the drive units in a separate building and ship them over though that isn't very efficient.
The assembly plant I worked at had giant overhead tunnels connecting paint and body buildings to general assembly. The vehicles moved on tracks so no manpower was required. I wonder if they'll do something except underground with boring company.
 


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The assembly plant I worked at had giant overhead tunnels connecting paint and body buildings to general assembly. The vehicles moved on tracks so no manpower was required. I wonder if they'll do something except underground with boring company.
Well, the Boring company is close by...
 

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They did a short tunnel under the road from boring to spacex.

I think that may have also been a test to see how short they could go. Handy if you are going from building to building.

I think tunnels will be everywhere around the plant.
Not just linking buildings, but also to far away distribution points to reduce transport around the factory itself. Even down to the rail yard.
 

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Turns out the permits were for existing, in progress construction.

It’s kind of a bad-news-good news thing.

Bad news is it’s not actual new construction.

Good news is most of these facilities are getting very close to production
 

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Yup, my buddy here in Austin got part of the contract for the construction of it. Made a small fortune in commission.

 

 
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