By 2020 the company's is forecasting theTesla vehicle volume would be @ 500 000 per year with the Gigafactory's cell output estimated to be 32 GWh/yr. The 2020 Gigafactory pack output is forecast to be 50 GWh/yr.
(Source: Tesla Motors Blog)
Tesla says that the company and its partners (which are still to be revealed) will invest $4-5 billion in the Gigafactory through to 2020 with capital expenditure being shared by Gigafactory partners. Tesla has revealed the company plans to directly invest about $2 billion in the project. The Gigafactory's projected timeline will see facility construction start some time in 2014 with the aim to start manufacturing batteries in 2017.
Tesla Motors Model S electric vehicle
Where is the roadmap heading?
Although Tesla Motors intially started being focused on the electric vehicle market. The Gigafactory concept is already reminiscent of Henry Ford’s early factory scale and vertical integration plans that halved the cost of internal combustion-based cars at a stroke. But is clear now that the company is looking to embrace a number of other major industry sectors in its roadmap for