The size of Tesla Giga Texas, inaugurated on April 7, is amazing. It is the size of three Pentagons and can accommodate 194 billion hamsters. All this results in a never-before-seen production optimization, which is a very significant advantage in the automotive industry.
The saying that everything is bigger in Texas likely originated as a reference to the enormity of the state's geographical area. This, in turn, gives an abundance of land on which to place something really big. Tesla's new factory, built near Austin, Texas, is no exception and is also particularly large. The size of Giga Texas is a matter of pride, so it will not be superfluous to talk about it. In a hilarious manner, Tesla CEO Elon Musk declared that the factory is so big that 194 billion hamsters can fit inside. "According to our calculations, you can fit 194 billion hamsters into this building," Musk said on stage.
For those who find it difficult to imagine such a large number of hamsters, the head of the company explained the size in more familiar sizes. Musk said Giga Texas is the size of three Pentagons. In addition, the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest structure in the world, was used as a measure. "If you put the building on its side, it's taller than the Burj Khalifa—that's to scale," he said. The factory is 1,166 meters long, while the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is 829 meters high, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris is 338 meters high.
The factory has a volume of 338 cubic feet and according to Musk is the largest factory building in the world by volume. Such a large size is a necessity, and Tesla specifically looked for a place where it could construct a building of an especially large size. "We need a place where we can be really big and there's no place like Texas," he said, indicating that there would not be enough room for it in California.
Giga Texas is the most optimized factory in the world. No automaker comes close to how thoughtfully Giga Texas was built. Tesla has arranged the shops in such a way that production actually takes place right in motion along the assembly line, from the supply of materials for production on one side of the factory, to the departure of the finished car on the other side of it. Thus, it saves not only the precious time spent on production, but also the land on which the factory can build.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.