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Hundreds of thousands eagerly await the start of production of Cybertruck--Tesla's electric pickup truck, which has won over so many hearts. Tesla wastes no time and is determined to start production as early as possible. According to documents, the First Substantial Completion of Giga Texas will be done by May 1, 2021.
hridge2020, Tesla Motors Club user, posted documents that Tesla included in the “Travis County Colorado River Project Partner Pre-Qualification Presentation” posted to the City of Austin website. There, the company posted a construction schedule, according to which it can be concluded that Tesla is seeking 'lightning speed' for construction and the start of production of the long-awaited steel beast.
This graph shows that, at the end of December, buildings will be built on the site, and will be sheltered from effects of the environment (wind, rain, etc.). This also means that, at this stage, internal work can begin, including the installation of production equipment.
Thus, by May 1st, the building will enter the First Substantial Completion stage. Substantial completion is the stage when a construction project is deemed sufficiently completed to the point where the owner can use it for its intended purpose. This definition of substantial completion is based on the language in the American Institute of Architects form contract AIA A-201: General Conditions. Some construction professionals call it practical completion.
In other words, at this stage, the test production of Cybertruck could already begin.
With a planned four million square feet, Tesla estimates the factory will cost $400 million to build--and more than $1 billion in total once fully fitted for production.
Tesla began construction on Giga Texas in July 2020 and could begin production a year after it starts. This shouldn't come as a big surprise, as in recent years the company has shown significant speed in building factories and releasing new models ahead of schedule. If the company continues to expand and develop at this blistering pace, then other automakers may run out of time in their game of catch-up.
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