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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 17:34

Tesla’s Plans for Giga Texas Prove Everything is Bigger in the Lone Star State

Tesla’s Plans for Giga Texas Prove Everything is Bigger in the Lone Star State Austin Tesla Club/Twitter

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There’s a saying in Texas that everything is bigger. New details about Tesla’s manufacturing plant just outside of Austin, known as Giga Texas, back up that statement, as Tesla is on its way to having the largest automotive manufacturing facility in the U.S.

CEO Elon Musk said July 25 the upcoming manufacturing plant just minutes outside of Austin will be “almost a mile long when complete,” making it so large you likely have to see it to believe it.

 

The automaker is nearing initial production at the plant, scheduled for later this year. While the world’s leading electric automaker might not produce a massive volume of vehicles at Giga Texas this year, you can bet it will be one of Tesla’s biggest advantages in automotive manufacturing, especially in the U.S., where demand for the company’s vehicles continues to grow.

 

On the list of the largest factories in the U.S. provided by RListKia operates a massive 2.612-million square foot facility in West Point, GA, that sits on more than 2,200 acres of land and had a hefty price tag of $1 billion. Kia has operated this plant since 2009, and it has remained the largest manufacturing factory in the U.S. since.

 

However, Giga Texas just may have the size to displace the massive Kia plant, putting it into second place if Musk’s calculations are true. After purchasing an additional 381 acres of land adjacent to the 2,100 acres Tesla already owned, the company is planning to set its most advanced facility on the largest piece of land in the country occupied by a factory.

 

2,481 acres will contain the estimated 1.7 million square feet of the main structure. The second facility will be an additional 900,000 square feet, with the final building tacking on another 1 million square feet, swamping the Kia facility with an estimated 3.6 million square feet of manufacturing floor space---1 million square feet larger than the Georgia plant.

 

To put this into perspective, the Tesla Fremont factory is only 510,000 square feet, and growing. However, Tesla’s flagship facility in the Northern California landscape has been...


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