Construction of the Tesla Gigafactory just outside of Reno, Nevada is moving along faster than anticipated, with the first phase nearing completion as of June 25th, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. This initial phase covers an impressive 900,000 square-feet, although that’s just over a seventh of its eventual 5.8 million square-foot footprint.
The news was shared with a legislative review panel in a recent quarterly report, which is one of the requirements of the $1.3 billion tax incentive deal granted to Tesla Motors by the state of Nevada. When the sprawling battery-production facility has reached its final stage of completion, between its two levels, it will have a total floor area of 10 million square-feet, making it the largest building in the world by floor space.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal further reports that very soon, Tesla Motors and its battery partner, Panasonic, will be able to begin moving equipment into the first-stage Tesla Gigafactory. The plant will produce continuously from 2016, throughout the construction of the remaining 4.9 million square-feet, which isn’t expected to reach completion until around 2020.
However, according to Steve Hill, Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Tesla Gigafactory might even expand beyond its current anticipated footprint due to a need for extra production to meet Tesla Powerwall demand.