UPDATE: Tesla adds 500,000 square feet to Gigafactory Texas for ‘ecological paradise’

Update: Elon Musk told Teslarati that expansion plans will accommodate Tesla’s “eco-paradise” Giga Texas. The title and paragraphs have been revised and updated to reflect accuracy based on Musk’s details.

Tesla has revised its application for Giga Texas to reveal a potential 500,000 square foot expansion of the automaker’s electric vehicle production facility outside of Austin. Tesla added 12 acres to the site’s building boundaries, while adding 522,720 feet of boundary space. CEO Elon Musk said Teslarati the expansion will accommodate the automaker’s plans for an “ecological paradise” at the factory.

Teslarati found that Tesla formally filed a revised application with the City of Austin’s Housing and Planning Department on September 20. The city noted that “[Tesla] proposes a revision of the previously approved site plan. ยป

Credit: City of Austin

After inspecting the new deposit and comparing it to the old fill, Tesla proposes a modification to the Giga Texas site plan by expanding the construction boundaries. The square footage in the previous request was listed as 268. The new request lists it as 280.

In addition, the factory area is expected to expand by 500,000 square feet. The previous application lists the square footage limits at 11,674,080. The revised application filed by Tesla yesterday pushes the square footage limit to 12,196,800.

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Tesla’s original sitemap for Gigafactory Texas. (City of Austin)

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Tesla’s revised sitemap for Gigafactory Texas. (City of Austin)

Musk said Teslarati in a series of Tweets that the area from the southern end of Giga Texas to the Colorado River “will be truly next level and open to the public!”

Additionally, Musk told us that initial plans for a boardwalk are still long term and will extend to downtown Austin.

Tesla says Gigafactory Texas covers more than 250 acres of land and has more than 10,000,000 square feet of factory floor space, so the apps both match the company’s description of the factory on its site. website.

Gigafactory Texas currently builds 250,000 vehicles a year, according to Tesla’s latest Shareholder Deck. However, the plant opened earlier this year and has not fully ramped up. A few days ago, Tesla announced that the factory had built its 10,000th Model Y. Eventually, Gigafactory Texas is expected to build more than 500,000 vehicles per year.

Tesla plans to produce the Cybertruck at Gigafactory Texas next year. The vehicle’s design was finalized earlier this year, Musk said.

The filing follows several other Gigafactory Texas expansion projects Tesla has planned for the past year. In late June, Tesla filed an application to expand General Assembly 2 and General Assembly 3 by 500,000 square feet. Additionally, Tesla filed an application in mid-July to build on 68.11 acres of land adjacent to the factory. It was listed as a “production support area”.

The most recent development came in mid-August when Tesla’s application to build a massive battery energy storage system (BESS) project at Gigafactory Texas was approved. The project is listed as 53.27 acres of land that will house Tesla Megapacks to support the energy grid by storing excess energy produced by solar panels.

Although Tesla has filed an application to expand the square footage and square footage, that doesn’t mean it will expand the factory in the near future. Tesla could be preparing to give itself more real estate to work with in the future, especially if it plans to add even more to the Giga Texas campus.

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UPDATE: Tesla adds 500,000 square feet to Gigafactory Texas for ‘ecological paradise’

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