Tesla Giga Nevada celebrates the production milestone of 5 million drive units

Tesla Giga Nevada is quite underrated in terms of the electric vehicle manufacturer’s facilities, but its massive battery and power unit production facility remains a crucial part of the company’s operations. And based on a recent post on social media platform

According to the social media post, which was uploaded by the company’s official Tesla Manufacturing account, Giga Nevada has produced its five millionth power unit. Tesla posted a photo commemorating the milestone, showing the Giga Nevada team posing with some of the power units produced at the factory.

Giga Nevada does not produce vehicles, but it does produce batteries and drive units for Tesla’s two best-selling vehicles in the United States: the Model 3 sedan and the Model Y crossover. With this in mind, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y production at the Fremont factory remains heavily dependent on Giga Nevada.

Former Tesla CEO Rohan Patel shared his thoughts on the milestone in a post on insane. At the time, critics noted that demand for Tesla’s electric cars might not even need Giga Nevada’s battery capacity, which was expected to support 500,000 cars per year.

“Important to remember how crazy an idea the Gigafactory “1” in Nevada was in 2013. 40 GWh of packages/modules/cells. And enough drive units for cars over 500,000. It seemed like a dream at the time to those of us on the outside. So much hard work and innovation at Giga Nevada that has been emulated by others in the clean energy/transportation space,” Patel wrote in his post on X.

Giga Nevada continues to play a critical role in Tesla’s operations in the United States, and there are plans to expand the facility with a production plant for the Tesla Semi, the company’s all-electric Class 8 truck. The company currently uses the Tesla Semi to transport goods from Giga Nevada to the Fremont factory, and according to the electric vehicle maker, the Tesla Semi has shipped more than 20,000 battery packs from Giga Nevada by the end of March 2024.

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