Tesla Motors Inc. announced recently that their battery factory worth US$5 billion is on track, in response to the reports by many that the auto maker’s factory building project has been delayed. The delay was initially reported by the Reno Gazette Journal, which said on Friday that the plant’s construction is currently having difficulties in keeping up with the schedule due to two union job postings.
Alexis Georgeson, the Tesla Motors spokesperson, said that their factory project is currently progressing on time and the giga-factory shall be finished before the deadline. She said that Tesla is the acting manager for the construction project. It is working with multiple companies and different unions.
The Project Tiger job posting listing was updated by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The listing shows a change in the overall demand for electricians, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.
At the moment, the Tiger Project has been cut back by nearly 80 per cent, as said by the IBEW. They added that the cut is subject to change.
The factory is estimated to cost around US$5 billion and will potentially double the global supply of lithium-ion batteries. It could help drive costs down and make electric cars increasingly affordable. Initial production from the plant will be used in the Model S sedan along with the soon to be released Model X SUV. The relatively affordable Model 3 is meant for stationary storage applications.
Tesla Motors is also looking to hire more employees to build and electricity storage plant. The company spokesperson said that it will be a multi-billion dollar per year one in the close term.
The electric plant is estimated to house nearly 6,500 workers and the citizens and veterans of Nevada will receive priority and a pay of US$25 per hour.