Published on February 4, 2019 |
by Matt Pressman
February 4, 2019 by Matt Pressman
Originally published on EVANNEX.
With so much buzz around Tesla's new Gigafactory in Shanghai, some of the newer model 3 owners may keep secrets – a Giga-what? So let's take a second to explain what this moniker really means. Mike Brown at Inverse Dives (head first) into this topic and reminds readers: "One of the most impressive machines from Tesla is not a car, but a factory."
So, what is this particular Giga -factory? According to Brown, "Musk is believed to have first understood the term" Gigafactory "in November 2013, when he told investors during the company's third-quarter earnings call that" there must be a kind of giga factory built "to handle the company's high-volume forthcoming production car. Model 3. "
Later, Musk further said that production should be something that can be compared to all the lithium ion production in the world at a factory. & # 39; The word comes from the & # 39; giga- & # 39;, used to denote a measurement that has been multiplied by one billion. A common example of this is with the kilogram, which adds the prefix & kilo; to & # 39; grams & # 39; to denote a thousand grams. & # 39; Giant & # 39; is believed to come from the Greek word "gigas & # 39;" which means "gigantic". In short, Musk says he wants a very large factory. "
Explanation The Real Meaning Behind Tesla's" Gigafactory "(YouTube: Inverse )
And according to Brown, this will be a very big factory: "When you are finished, Nevada Gigafactory is expected to cover over 4.9 million square feet of space over many floors. This is expected to make it the world's largest building. The building is only 30 percent completed at this stage, but covers a room of 1.9 million square feet. The total plot measures five square kilometers. "
And the production from this Gigafactory is just as impressive:" In August 2018, [Tesla] announced that it had reached an annual production rate of 20 gigawatt hours, more power than all car manufacturers combined. … Next to the batteries, the factory produces electric motors for the Tesla Model 3, the company's cheapest car, as well as Powerwall and Powerpack energy storage systems designed to work with renewable sources. "
And, Brown notes that Nevada Gigafactory's planned annual production rate is set to reach 35 gigawatt hours by 2020, exceeding the total global production of batteries in the year 2013. enough to send 500,000 cars on the road. "With Shanghai Gigafactory officially launched and talking about building more Gigafactories, including one in Europe, Tesla is ready to be the ruling king of batteries for the foreseeable future.
Editor's Note : While the video explanation captures core facts about Tesla's gigas, it seems to have skipped the most obvious point: gigafactories produced gigawatt-hours worth batteries or gigawatt worth of solar panels. There are technical metrics and explain the factory's name. ", but it's overgeneralizing, imo.