Gigafactory Texas on 19 September 2022! This is where the Cyber Truck and Model Y will be built!
Major milestone reached with the 10,000th Model Y produced at Giga Texas, and there is no end in sight for continued ramping up of production and new construction! So much progress to see today on site!
In the video introduction, we also discuss some of the large modular components arriving at the paint shop, the company producing these items and what they are!
Drone flight overview with discussion & illustration: 0:06 to 3:03
Drone flight footage & infographics: 3:08 to 30:05
A few details you’ll see in the video include more excavation work on the south ramp, with a large section of concrete broken up and removed as well as new core sample drilling on the east side on what was the transport pickup section of this ramp. New Model Y’s continued to be temporarily staged on the western half before being moved to the new east staging and transportation lot.
We see new trees & vegetation have been delivered (from the staging area west of the main highway, as seen in my previous video) to the new architectural feature wall located across the road from the west main entrance. It appears we will see a landscaped area around the stylized retaining wall, but what else may be installed here is yet to be determined. On the main landing and stairs in front of the glass front doors, many workers were busy in and around the doors, stairs, and railing, but for what, I could not tell in the time I was there. Clearly some work is planned.
On the north end and related to the information presented in the video introduction, we see many more deliveries or large equipment wrapped in plastic, red and white scaffolding and platform materials, and HVAC ducting at the paint shop. We also see components that appear to be for a second Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) system being prepared for movement inside and installation. This may be needed as the expansion of the paint shop modular processing lines continues.
At the north electrical substation construction site, we see the overall grading work on the main area appears completed, while work on the east storm water pipe drain, we see a much more finished outfall channel and area and a redirected road. An excavator is filling in the last of the large pit used to install the concrete pipes. Further north, the last of the four new power pole mounts is about to see drilling begin, and on the south end, we see a lot more materials for the construction of the actual substation have been delivered.
A lot of progress at the battery cathode plant, more exterior walls have been installed on the east side, while crews are busy installing HVAC ducting, steam and other pipes, interior walls and other equipment on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Further to the north of this interior work, we see excavation work on the ground floor in the large open sections of the structure near the north end. This appears to be for heavily reinforced foundations for heavy equipment, possibly more furnaces and calcinators.
The eat Warehouse on Wheels (WOW) Yard has expanded further, especially to the south now and many rows of trailers are now present, yet another signal that interior production is continuing to ramp further. Other work around the WOW yard shows continued reconfiguration of the entire east material staging, trailer and vehicle staging, while other areas show materials have been moved from the north end to a new section on the southeast.
Finally, the east new vehicle temporary parking and transportation pickup yard is now operational, with a manned checkpoint and entry area for trucks and many Model Y’s waiting to be picked up and transported to the new rail head about 30 miles north near Hutto Texas.
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Drones used are DJI Mavic Mini and Mavic Air 2.
Drone flight over Giga Texas is with permission of Tesla and CEO Elon Musk