Tesla Gigafactory For Electric-Car Batteries: Site Work Continues (Photos)

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Tesla battery gigafactory site, outside Reno, Nevada, Jan 6, 2015  [photo: Bob Tregilus]

Tesla battery gigafactory site, outside Reno, Nevada, Jan 6, 2015 [photo: Bob Tregilus]

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Last September, Nevada governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill granting various tax breaks and incentives to Tesla Motors for construction of its massive battery "gigafactory" outside Reno.

Now, photos taken yesterday show that work on the site--empty desert land less than a year ago--is well underway.

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The photos, taken by electric-car advocate Bob Tregilus--who's also host of the Plug In America Show--were taken looking north-northwest from outside the site.

It's actually made up of about 30 individual shots stitched together.

Tesla battery gigafactory site, outside Reno, Nevada, Jan 6, 2015 [photo: Bob Tregilus]

Tesla battery gigafactory site, outside Reno, Nevada, Jan 6, 2015 [photo: Bob Tregilus]

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Regrettably, High Gear Media's content-management system can't handle the full-size image, at 250 megabytes, but we've excerpted the area of greatest activity as the lead image in this article.

The Tesla gigafactory is intended to produce both lithium-ion cells and completed battery packs for the Tesla Model 3, the company's next vehicle line after the current Model S and the Model X expected to be launched this year.

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Tesla expects the huge factory to cut the cost per kilowatt-hour of its electric-car batteries another 30 percent on top of the steady decline in lithium-ion cell cost over time.

The gigafactory is necessary, CEO Elon Musk has said, before Model 3 production can begin.

Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014

Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014

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The car is presently targeted for first production in late 2017, but the factory must be up and running at sufficient capacity to produce enough battery packs for the Model 3 before then--an ambitious schedule.

For all the latest stories and updates on the huge battery plant, see our Tesla Gigafactory News page.

PHOTO LICENSE: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International by Bob Tregilus. Permission specifically granted by photographer for use on this commercial website.

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