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Tesla plans to spend $3.6 billion more on manufacturing in Nevada


An aerial view of the Tesla Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada

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Tesla plans to spend an additional $3.6 billion to expand battery and heavy-duty truck production in Nevada, the company said Tuesday on social networks.

According to its public statement, Tesla plans to eventually hire 3,000 more people for the two new facilities.

It’s unclear if Tesla’s plans extend the company’s production reach beyond the property the company is developing outside of Reno in Sparks, Nevada.

Tesla said in a statement that its new facilities will include a 100 GWh battery factory, where the company expects to have the capacity to produce batteries for 2 million light vehicles annually, and a high-volume factory where they will eventually produce their batteries. class 8 all-electric heavy duty truck, Tesla Semi.

Tesla began construction of its first battery factory in Nevada in 2014. The company currently operates the plant with a primary battery supplier, co-tenant and co-investment in the plant, panasonic. This vast factory was called GF1, Giga Nevada or the original Tesla Gigafactory. It primarily manufactures and supplies Tesla’s Fremont, California vehicle assembly plant with high-voltage battery packs.

Nevada Republican Governor Joe Lombardo revealed details of Tesla’s expansion plans in the state early Monday. Tesla confirmed the plans on Tuesday ahead of its fourth-quarter earnings update, scheduled for Wednesday after the market close.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk held a ceremony in Nevada in December to begin delivering the company’s Tesla Semi to its first key customer, PepsiCo. Tesla first announced plans for Semi production in 2017 and had a goal of starting production in 2019 but delayed it to 2022. The company has yet to produce a large number of Semi trucks but is producing one. number at the Nevada Gigafactory.

Tesla fans and critics have posted images of Tesla Semi truck decorated with Pepsi Frito Lay brand that they’ve seen on the road since that announcement, including some broken on the shoulder.

Tesla has yet to publicly disclose how much each truck costs and has not said how many it has built or sold. fourth quarter delivery report.

The company is expected to share more details about its Semi program during its Q4 earnings call.

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