Tesla has begun construction on its “Megafactory,” a new manufacturing site in California that will create the company’s large-scale battery system Megapack. Sonny Dhaliwal, the mayor of Lathrop, verified the factory’s existence in a Facebook post that was later deleted and re-posted. “We are honored to be the home of Tesla’s most recent expansion here, the Megafactory,” he stated. “Green energy will be produced right here in our neighborhood in the future.”
The factory is located near Tesla’s car manufacturing in Fremont, in the small northern California town of Lathrop. Tesla’s 870,000-square-foot distribution hub is also located in Lathrop.
Tesla’s so-called “Gigafactory” in Sparks, Nevada, was producing Megapacks as well as the rest of the company’s energy storage products. This is the first plant dedicated to the Megapack, though it’s unclear if other Tesla storage products, like as the Powerwall and Powerpacks, will be moved to the new facility. The opening of the new factory is a good indication for the automaker’s expanding Energy segment. Unlike the Powerwall, which is designed for household use, the Megapack is designed for utility-scale energy storage.
Utilities are increasingly combining solar and wind farms with big batteries to store extra energy and discharge it to the grid later. Salt River Project, an Arizona electric company, recently turned on a 100 megawatt-hour Megapack project. CEO Elon Musk confirmed that there was “substantial unmet demand” for these storage goods during a second-quarter earnings call in June, adding that the Megapack was “essentially sold out into next year.” He also predicted that the demand for Powerwall would exceed 1 million devices each year.
The movements can also be used to play an audio file, send a text message, or dial a phone number. More expressions, capabilities, and languages are on the way — faces don’t have languages, but the app and support manuals do, so Project Activate will begin with English-speaking countries and expand from there. Camera Switches, on the other hand, will be offered in 80 different languages right out of the box.
The chip shortage, on the other hand, appears to be worsening; in fact, the White House will have its second summit with semiconductor producers and buyers on Thursday to discuss the continuing effects on the technology and car industries.