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    Tesla is building new ‘drive unit production lines’ at the Gigafactory, will not only manufacture battery packs

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    The Tesla Gigafactory is key to the automaker’s planned production ramp up to 500,000 cars per year by 2018. It is expected to both significantly reduce the cost of Tesla’s battery packs, which will enable Tesla to reach the $35,000 price point for the Model 3, and to secure a large supply of battery cells.

    Those two products, battery cells and battery packs, were until now the only products expected to be manufactured at the factory.

    We now learn that Tesla plans to also manufacture drive units at the plant. With vehicle battery packs, the automaker will be closer to producing its entire next generation powertrains at what is expected to be the largest factory in the world by footprint. more…

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    Makes sense given how big the factory is. Freeing up space at the Fremont factory is valuable space reclaimed for production lines.
     
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    Seems like a lot of weight to transport between sparks and fremont. Think they'll eventually do more of it at the Gigafactory? Or does it make more sense to do it by a major port in Fremont?
     
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    Tesla is using rail lines to transport batteries from the GF to Fremont. It was one of the main criteria for selecting the location for the Gigafactory.
     
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