Remember that scene in the beginning of Mel Brooks’ Space Balls where the camera tracks along the length of that massive Imperial battle ship and it goes on, and on, and on, until you’ve just about wet yourself giggling at the absurdity of the thing?
Seeing this drone flyby of the Tesla Motors Gigafactory structure outside of Reno, Nevada is sort of like that.
The Tesla Motors Gigafactory, when completed, will be the first of two or more such lithium-ion battery-producing facilities managed by the automaker. Autoblog reports that at the last tally, taken about a month ago, Tesla Motors had already spent $62 million on the project, and as you can see from the drone flyby video, there’s still plenty more to be done.
But here’s the real kicker; after this video went live, the automaker’s CEO Elon Musk sent out a Tweet specifying that the structure shown here is only the pilot factory. The full Tesla Motors Gigafactory will be somewhere around four times the size.
Production at the Reno, Nevada Tesla Motors Gigafactory is expected to begin by the end of 2016, although it may not reach full capacity until much later.