Company officials giving the tour of the giant factory going up in the desert of Storey County seemed to have one solid message to impart: Construction of the heavily subsidized project is "on target."
So far, the building's footprint is 800,000 square feet with 1.9 million square feet of manufacturing space in four stories. It houses conference rooms, an open air office space, manufacturing rooms and a warehouse.
Inside the gigafactory is alive with activity. Giant robot arms assembled Tesla Energy Powerwalls and Powerpacks, office professionals tapped busily on keyboards and construction crews worked both inside and outside the sprawling concrete and steel structure.
About 14 percent of the total expected factory space is constructed. The full project is expected to be completed in 2020, a Tesla
Originally, we were going to build the whole building all at once, but that didn't make a lot of sense," a spokesman said. "We needed to begin producing faster."
"One of the big questions is why do you want a gigafactory," a company spokesman said. "
The answer is there's not enough capacity in the world to produce what we want to produce... We want to change the world and the way we think about energy consumption."