The Tesla Gigafactory which began construction in Reno, Nevada in 2014 is massive. That should come as no surprise, of course; the prefix “giga” is in its very name, which is Latin for “really, really quite large” or something like that.
But just how big is it? Tesla’s own rendering of the completed factory hardly gives us a sense of scale, beside portraying the structure next to some hills that look to be quite “giga.” So Green Car Reports attempted to answer the question anecdotally, with some help from graphics generated by EV Obsession (one of which is above).
We can report that indeed, the Tesla Gigafactory is really, really quite large. Its length, for instance, is greater than the height of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – by about 300 meters. That’s the current tallest building in the world, which is itself nearly twice the height of the Willis Tower (née Sears Tower).
Look at the graphic above, and you’ll also see that the Tesla Gigafactory is nearly the size of Boeing’s largest jetliner assembly plant. It dwarfs the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, and makes a standard football field look like a sandbox.
If size were necessarily any indication of production scale, with regard to producing enough Model 3 batteries to go around and keep costs low, we would say that Tesla has this one in the bag.