Yesterday, we brought you news that groundworks at a top-secret site allegedly being developed as Tesla’s first Gigafactory battery processing facility was under way in Reno, NV. After hiring what appears to be large numbers of workers to carry out ground work at the Taho-Reno Industrial Centre, work on the site has reportedly been running seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.
What’s more, said Reno local Bob Tregilus, there was little doubt among people working there that the new project was part of a ‘big battery factory project’ and that the end client was none other than Tesla Motors.
RENO, NV (07/25/2014)–Last Friday I got tipped off that the Tesla battery gigafactory had broke ground east of Reno at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. I went out there on Sunday and sure enough, a huge construction site was in full operation with over 50 tractors leveling a building pad.
I shot a lot of photos on Sunday, again on Tuesday and very early morning hours of Wednesday.
Two articles about the project were published. A detailed piece that I wrote is posted at Transport Evolved. Also Greentech Media wrote up a piece for their website as well.
Last night we received word that the suspected gigafactory site east of town was shutdown and all of the employees were laid off because the project was too far behind schedule.
Sadly, two sources, close to the project, confirmed that construction was way behind schedule.
I believe the site east of town is/was a gigafactory site that may now be closed. I’m going out there tomorrow to confirm. The site was dark early this morning, but that doesn’t mean a lot (see the articles).
What is really down right scary is the fact that Elon Musk said, “What we’re going to do is move forward with more than one state, at least two, all the way to breaking ground, just in case there’s last-minute issues. The No. 1 thing is we want to minimize the risk timing for the gigafactory to get up and running.” (Bloomberg.)