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Tesla Gigafactory May Be More Than Twice The Size Originally Planned

Wow, if you thought he Gigafactory was insane already, try this news on for size: according to a Story County official, Dean Haymore, Tesla is planning 7 “blocks” (with one block being the under-construction Gigafactory). It has bought another 1,200 acres of land right next to the land it already owns and is building the Gigafactory on, more than doubling its acreage there, and is looking to buy another 350 acres.

If all 7 “blocks” are used as expected, the Tesla factory footprint there would go from 10 million square feet (original plan) to 24 million square feet. If you haven’t already done the math, that would make it the largest building (in terms of footprint) on Earth.

For more details, you can watch Dean Haymore’s presentation above.

–> Recommended: How Big Is The Tesla Gigafactory? (Graphics)

In case you haven’t followed the Tesla Gigafactory story as obsessively as some of us, a few things that I think are worth highlighting here are that Elon Musk has said we’ll need hundreds of gigafactories for the inevitable EV revolution, this first gigafactory is on track to start early (still ahead of schedule), this first gigafactory was originally supposed to be produce enough batteries for ~500,000 electric cars a year (by 2020), but initial indications of Tesla Powerwall demand have shown that it’s very strong and it is expected to push battery demand well over what the Tesla Gigafactory was planned to produce.

So, yeah, it wouldn’t be too surprising if Tesla decided to jack up its Gigafactory construction plans and crush the “largest building” record in the process.

 
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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

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