Tesla’s new Gigafactory in Nevada will build motors and gearboxes for the new Model 3, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said this week, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. The factory was originally built to help manufacture batteries for Tesla’s new cars, helping to speed up production times, one of Tesla’s weak points.
The additional manufacturing will help create new jobs for Nevada residents, Sandoval confirmed. By increasing manufacturing to include gearboxes and motors, Tesla will require 550 additional skilled jobs and another $350 million investment by Tesla in the plant, Standoval explained, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Gigafactory still a work in progress
The Gigafactory technically already held its grand opening back in July, though only a percentage of the full factory was complete at the time. The Gigafactory is expected to be fully completed by 2020, when Tesla should be manufacturing the new Model 3 components at a rapid pace.
Until then, the company is only expected to build and sell a small percentage of the total order of cars, with some experts expecting the first to launch in 2018. This news should be celebrated by folks looking for new American jobs, as well as Model 3 customers who want their cars as soon as possible.