Gigafactory Texas on 17 June 2022! This is where the Cyber Truck and Model Y will be built!
What a way to end the week! I fly the drone in the early dawn along the west side to take advantage of the low light to look inside and I was able to do a full-length look inside, seeing a lot more activity, equipment, cars, and more construction is several places! Surely a unique look at the progress at Giga Texas not available when the sun is shining bright.
In addition to the video, I show several inside photos of areas I was not able to get on video and discuss what they are and the implications of what we see. I also show highlights from three additional area around the site to give more context and information ahead of what you’ll see in the video. Hopefully you’ll find this introduction helpful.
Have a great weekend!
Early dawn look inside the west side & stamping photos and discussion: 0:06 to 2:23
Additional highlights with discussion & illustration: 2:24 to 4:08
Drone flight footage & infographics: 4:36 to 27:24
Here are the highlights from today’s video:
– As mentioned, we get some good views into the 4680 battery cell production, the structural pack manufacturing area, offices and under development sections of the entre west side of the main building, particularly the 3rd and 2nd floors. We also see changes inside the west main entrance area, with Model Y’s, equipment and some structures being worked on along with a lot more materials and packages having been delivered into the future production areas on the south end.
– Model Y’s on the south end show production ramping is taking place, with new cars replacing those being shipped out. We are now seeing multiple vehicle carriers each day picking up cars and quickly taking them off site for customer delivery. Despite this, the inventory keeps growing, suggesting production is slightly faster than pickup at this time.
– Crews were busy finishing another large concrete pour this morning on the new west concrete loading area, along with the assembly of a steel ramp to a large roll-up door in the same area. Pipes are being installed into trenches in the last remaining area needing concrete, so we should see this area completed early next week.
– On the north end, we see the fourth and final loading platform has been completed, which will allow for equipment and materials delivery to the 3rd and fourth floors of the battery cell structure. We also see another HVAC ducting structure partially completed on the roof in this area.
– At the battery cathode foundation area in the northeast, we see footing construction is now moving quickly, with about half completed with concrete, many with rebar cages installed and some receiving concrete, and almost the final excavations completed on the north end. The rebar cage crews are following the excavated footings quickly, and concrete pours not far behind, so we may see all footings completed early next week. I also think the concrete cure time on the south end may be nearly completed, so vertical construction starting in this area may also begin sometime next week!
– The east parking lot shows many areas of work going on at the same time. On the eastern half, we see trenching and electrical conduit installation, while on the south end, road paving is underway, covering the area where conduit was recently installed. On the southeast corner, more charging stations are being wired up, while near the supercharging stations, we see road repairs from damage incurred in recent rains.
– The north former demolition and pond removal area has truly transformed, and the final graded area seems to have been substantially achieved. Additional areas nearby are now seeing earthwork underway, but the purpose of these areas is unknown. Overall, it seems that this area is now starting a new phase of construction and we may start seeing initial work on the electrical substation soon!
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Video, photos, illustrations, and commentary on this video is by me, Joe Tegtmeyer unless otherwise annotated.
Music in this video is obtained from the YouTube free and unrestricted and royalty-free use library. Ending song is Mr. Sunny Face – Wayne Jones
Drones used are DJI Mavic Mini and Mavic Air 2.
Drone flight over Giga Texas is with permission of Tesla and CEO Elon Musk