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Tesla Aims to Have 20,000 Employees at Gigafactory 1

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Gigafactory 1 in Nevada that is the world’s largest battery factory, wants to expand it even more.

Tesla Gigafactory 1 is a lithium-ion battery factory in Storey County, Nevada.

It became the biggest battery factory in the world having an output of 20 gigawatt hours per year. Based on the report from December 2017, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development wrote that Gigafactory 1 was employing 3,249 people as of the end of last year.

CEO Elon Musk wants to expand his factory by having up to 20,000 employees. Musk attended a small technology and innovation summit with Governor Sandoval. During the innovation summit, Musk discussed why Tesla chose Nevada to build Gigafactory 1. He told Governor Sandoval that he believes Nevada is a “get it done state” and it’s a place that “feels like freedom”. Musk believes in order to improve future opportunities, he must have more employees working at the Tesla Gigafactory 1.

Elon Musk told Governor Sandoval that 7,000 people currently work at the Gigafactory 1.

Based on the report from December 2017, the factory has hired about 4,000 employees since. Musk still sees the workforce growing “to upward of 20,000 in the future”. Tesla mentioned a potential workforce of about 10,000 workers at most.

In his meeting with Governor Sandoval, they discussed what it would take to support and improve his battery factory. Musk stated “the biggest constraint on growth here is housing and infrastructure. We’re looking at creating a housing compound on site at the Gigafactory, using kind of high-quality mobile homes”.

Real-estate prices and rent increased the last few years as Tesla and other companies came to the industrial park.

The average monthly rent increased over 50% and the average rent is now $1,381 dollars. Tesla does not seem impacted, as they aim to double their workforce in the next few years.

The Gigafactory 1 was only supposed to produce 35 gigawatts hours of battery cells and 50 GWh of battery packs, but the company has improved its production capacity to 105 GWh of battery cells and 150 GWh of battery packs. Tesla has currently claimed to be at 20 GWh of battery production and expects to be up to 35 GWh.

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