It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been nearlynone months since Elon Musk officially announced Reno, Nevada as the site of the first Tesla Gigafactory. The $6 billion project is a truly massive undertaking, as we’ve seen in a a diagram before, and construction is already well underway. But to truly get a scope of the size of the Gigafactory, one has to take to the skies for a drone’s-eye view.
Designed to be able to build as many as 500,000 battery packs per year, the Gigafactory of course has to be huge. Tesla has laid down a precise square-footage yet, saying only that it will be between 5 million and 10 million square feet. That would make it about ten times the size of a nearby Amazon distribution center, and should it reach its maximum size, it’d end up being one of the largest buildings, by volume, in the world.
But it’s one thing to talk about it, and another thing entirely to see it. This drone gets up-close-and-personal with the Gigafactory, which is so big that it’s difficult to use anything on the ground for a real size comparison.
Even a row of massive earth-movers looks absolutely dwarfed by the size and scale of what is literally Tesla’s biggest gamble yet.