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Tesla's battery-manufacturing 'Megafactory' breaks ground in California

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Tesla broke ground on its "Megafactory," a new production facility in California, so christened because it will produce the company’s large-scale battery system Megapack.
News of the previously unannounced factory was confirmed by the Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal in a Facebook post that was deleted and re-posted. “We are proud to be the home of the Megafactory, Tesla’s most recent expansion here,” he said. “The future of green energy will be produced right here in our community.”
The factory, in the small northern California city of Lathrop, is near Tesla’s automotive plant in Fremont. Lathrop is also home to Tesla’s 870,000-square-foot distribution center.
Megapacks, as well as Tesla’s other energy storage products, were being manufactured at the electric automaker’s so-called "Gigafactory” in Sparks, Nevada. This is the first facility dedicated to the Megapack, though it’s unclear if production of Tesla's other storage products -- which include Powerwall and Powerpacks -- will shift to the new factory.

The new factory is a positive signal for the automaker’s growing Energy division. As opposed to the Powerwall, which is a home consumer battery product, the Megapack is meant for utility-scale energy storage. Utilities building solar and wind farms are increasingly pairing these with large batteries to store excess energy to discharge to the grid later. Just last week, the Arizona electric utility Salt River Project brought online a 100 megawatt-hour Megapack project.
In a second-quarter earnings call in June, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that there was “significant unmet demand” for these storage products, adding that the Megapack was “basically sold out through next year." He also estimated demand for Powerwall to be in excess of 1 million units per year.
Much of the bottleneck isn’t merely due to production capacity -- Musk also told investors that cell supply and the global semiconductor shortage were creating production ceilings.
“We use a lot of the same chips in the Powerwall as you do in a car, so it's like, which one do want to make?” he said. “Cars or Powerwalls? So we need to make cars, so that will -- Powerwall production has been reduced.”
The chip shortage, however, seems to show no signs of abating; in fact, the White House on Thursday will be hosting its second summit with semiconductor manufacturers and purchasers to address the ongoing effects on the technology and auto industries.

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Looks like construction of the Tesla Megafactory is compete.


Tesla expansion in Lathrop, CA is amazing. At least 5 building are Tesla. Two in the area are Tesla's Tier 1 supplier Simwon. Tesla has used other buildings and lots in the area as well.

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Looks like construction of the Tesla Megafactory is compete.


Tesla expansion in Lathrop, CA is amazing. At least 5 building are Tesla. Two in the area are Tesla's Tier 1 supplier Simwon. Tesla has used other buildings and lots in the area as well.

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This is such an excellent location. Its right on the rail lines. Along the i5 corridor and very close to 205 which takes you directly into Oakland. Within 60 miles of 2 ports. Just so many options for shipping product in and out of these facilities. Also close enough to Tesla’s Fremont facility where it can be used a staging/ temporary storage for vehicles. It is between Fremont and Giga Nevada as well so loads servicing one facility or the other can share logistics.

Also, there is a Ghirardelli Chocolate store and a big In and Out Burger very close by.
 
Looks like construction of the Tesla Megafactory is compete.


Tesla expansion in Lathrop, CA is amazing. At least 5 building are Tesla. Two in the area are Tesla's Tier 1 supplier Simwon. Tesla has used other buildings and lots in the area as well.

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Is this low rent/real estate purchase due to being by the treatment plant? (smell)
 
Don't think so, I was there yesterday and the parking lot was still surrounded in black plastic covered fence. It may be open as there are cars at the front door, but perhaps still finishing construction.

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@Randy Spencer How many cars did you see? Prehaps they are done with construction and doing a slow ramp. It was noted that other Tesla factories have faced delays in receiving manufacturing equipment.

Is this low rent/real estate purchase due to being by the treatment plant? (smell)

@hridge2020 I don't think so. Rent is lower in the Central Valley than in the Bay Area.

Do note, Tesla is leasing 9 acres of land adjacent to the treatment plant for parking. I wonder if construction of this part has started?

 

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