Tesla to officially open Gigafactory by July End

Tesla Motors is ready to officially open its Gigafactory in Nevada, with a grand opening for the plant scheduled for July 29, 2016. Though the facility has been under development for months, the enormous Nevada battery plant has not yet received a formal opening by the electric vehicle manufacturer. Tesla aims to cater to battery requirements for its electric vehicles with Gigafactory in Nevada.

The plant has reached 14% completion recently and therefore the official ceremony is being planned in two months. It appears that only selective VIPs have received an invitation for the official launch event of the facility.

Among those who have received the invites are the customers who were selected through Tesla’s Model S sales referral program by referring five buyers. Reddit and the automaker’s customers who won these tickets received an email conforming the opening date of July 29. Tesla has also validated the fact that a customer-focused launch event will also be held on the opening ceremony of the facility.

However, it has not yet been disclosed whether media outlets will also receive an invitation for the event or not because most of the Gigafactory events have been organized without media presence. Meanwhile, Tesla has not disclosed details regarding the events that will be conducted during the ceremony. It is being speculated that people might actually get the opportunity to have a look inside the plant for the first time.

Tesla had earlier organized events in those parts of the facility which were completely built. The Gigafactory is spread over an area of 5.8 million square feet, with cost of construction reaching $5 billion. The plant is being supplied with the equipment required for battery production, with the assistance from Panasonic. Once complete, the plant will be specifically dedicated to the production of batteries for Tesla’s electric cars, including the ones which have been recently launched by the company, Model 3 ($35,000), Model S ($80,000) and Model X ($150,000).

According to a report in CNET by Michelle Starr, “Tesla’s massive, 130-acre battery-making Gigafactory isn’t due to start production on lithium ion cells until 2017, but a grand opening is due to be held on July 29, a Fortune report states. The date was revealed in email sent to customers, who won invitations to the customer-focused event by referring customers via Tesla’s referral program.

Although only 14 percent complete as of early May, according to a Bloomberg report, the factory is already producing Tesla’s Powerpacks and Powerwalls. By the time it is fully up and running in 2020, the factory will be producing, Tesla materials state, more lithium ion batteries annually than the rest of the world produced in 2013 combined. This will reduce the cost of production by a projected 30 percent and, in theory at least, in turn reduce the consumer cost of Tesla cars.”

The Model 3 Tesla, for example, is being projected to come in at $35,000 compared to the $71,000 Model S, a price point partially enabled by the savings the Gigafactory will bring.

“Though the Gigafactory has been partially operational for months, Tesla hasn’t yet officially “opened” its massive Nevada battery plant — but that’ll change on July 29th, when some Tesla owners will gather with company officials for a ceremony at the facility,” according to a news report published by The Verge.

Multiple publications, including Fortune and Tesla Central, have confirmed the July 29th date. So far, it appears that Tesla has only sent invites to certain VIPs, including those who “won” invites to the event through the company’s Model S sales referral program by referring five buyers. Media outlets have not yet been invited, and it’s not clear if they will be. (Tesla staged its Model 3 unveil in a similar fashion — owners were invited to the event before media were.) Tesla has generally not hosted media at the Gigafactory so far, although it brought Motor Trend onsite recently for a closer look at the Model 3 prototype.

Speaking of the Model 3, the Gigafactory is seen as a key element to affordable mass production of the Model 3 (or of any other Tesla vehicle). At peak output in 2020, it’s expected to produce 35 gigawatt-hours of battery capacity per year, which Tesla claims is more than the entire world’s lithium ion battery production in 2013.

A report published in First Post said, “Recently, Tesla Motors launched the Model S, which is its budget product priced at $35,000. Although it isn’t considered budget in India, the new car is expected to bring in over $8 billion in revenues. Among the innovations brought in by Tesla Motors to the automotive industry is the emphasis on technology, an all-electric drive, an impressive dashboard that continuously informs the driver about the state of the vehicle, charge and drive duration available.”

According to a report by Tech Insider, a Tesla Model S that was being driven on autopilot didn’t stop for a stationary van in its path. It went ahead and collided. From the video the extent of the damage isn’t evident, but it certainly is a scary thought to trust in a technology that is very closely connected with human life. Road accidents are among the foremost reasons of human lives lost across the world.

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