July 24th, 2017 by Steve Hanley
This story is about Tesla and the Gigafactory. It was also first published on Gas2.
If it seems like there is more news about Tesla than any other car company. For that’s only because it’s true. More new stuff swirls around the Land of Tesla every day. I mean I remember test driving the Tesla Roadster sport when they started. Then I test drove their Model S. It’s more than at most companies in a month. In some examples or a year! As the Model 3 nears its first public showing later this week.
So Tesla is making one move designed to further separate the Model S. I mean from its lower priced sibling. It is discontinuing the entry level Model S 75 with rear-wheel drive.
Tesla Model S
You can still order the car for September delivery, but you better act fast. Once the factory pulls the plug on that car, every vehicle in the Model S and Model X lineup will be built with dual motors. The decision means the base price of a Model S will climb to $74,500 — more than double the base price of the Model 3. Only rear-wheel-drive versions of Tesla’s new midsize car will be available at first, as the factory seeks to limit the number of options available to make production as simple and efficient as possible.
Genscape is a company that tracks hundreds of industrial enterprises using drone videos and other proprietary tracking techniques. You can view footage of the progress at the Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, in its new video. The place is starting to look really huge, and construction continues at a rapid pace. It reports that 1,500 Model 3 battery packs have left the Gigafactory and are on their way to Fremont, California, where they will be installed in Model 3 sedans.
For the entire story on CleanTechnica