Recent images of Tesla’s upcoming Lathrop, CA, site show that the interior of the 870,000-square-foot facility is now undergoing electrical work.
Based on the site’s recent pictures, it appears that the Lathrop facility boasts a rather tall ceiling that is quite reminiscent of the first images that have emerged of Gigafactory 3’s interior.
Tesla is yet to announce the official designation of its new building in the California town, through previous job listings for the area suggest that the facility will be used as a parts distribution center. The tall ceiling of the site would suggest this, as storage of parts usually involves the components being stacked on large racks. The semi-trailer-sized openings at the side of the facility also suggest that the building is designed to facilitate quick loading and unloading.
Looking at the progress of Gigafactory 3 so far, it is difficult not to notice the similarities between the designs of the two facilities. Just like Lathrop, the first interior images from Gigafactory 3 show a rather tall ceiling that could accommodate large racks (or machines for that matter). The Shanghai-based site also features rows of semi-sized openings on its side, similar to the California-based facility. It should be noted that Gigafactory 3 is not a parts distribution center, but rather, a full-fledged electric car production line.
Tesla’s current job openings for its Lathrop, CA, site suggests that the electric car maker is looking to conduct operations that go beyond simple parts and service warehousing. A look at Tesla’s career page, for example, shows multiple openings for manufacturing-related jobs. Among these are process technicians for castings, production supervisors for castings, production associates for CNC machining, equipment maintenance technicians for die casting and production associates for “pano roof.”
While the manufacturing-related job listings suggest Tesla will be making electric car components on the site, it remains to be seen if the company will utilize the location as a full-blown vehicle production facility. Nevertheless, it should be noted that Tesla needs more production sites to accommodate its upcoming vehicles.