Tesla’s Giga Nevada is no longer producing Megapacks, its utility-scale energy storage solution. The company has now shifted all of its Megapack production to its new Megafactory in Lathrop, California and comes just a few months after the factory was producing as many as 42 Megapacks per week.
Giga Nevada has been operational since 2016, producing energy storage products like Tesla Powerwalls and Megapacks, as well as components for its electric vehicles like drivetrains, and battery packs in partnership with Panasonic. The company has worked hard to ramp production, with Tesla Energy Leader Matt Reddick revealing to employees last October that Megapack production has increased 85% quarter-over-quarter to 42 Megapacks per week.
Now just six months later, and Giga Nevada isn’t producing any Megapacks. The end of Megapack production at Giga Nevada was shared on Linkedin by Todd Rogers, an equipment maintenance technician at Tesla. Rogers shared a picture of the last Megapack surrounded by the employees that built it, with the caption “Last Megapac built at @GF1NV. Good luck Lathrop!” (h/t: @SaywerMerritt)
As indicated by Rogers, Tesla’s new Megafactory in Lathrop will now be the lone producer of Megapacks. The factory only opened last year and is still ramping production, but at full capacity will be able to produce 40 Gigawatt hours (GWh) per year. Lathrop won’t be the only Megapack producer for long as that capacity will be supplemented by another 40GWh when Tesla starts construction and completes its second Megafactory in Shanghai.
The end of Megapack production at Giga Nevada could be a sign that Tesla will starts its $3.6 billion expansion of the factory soon. Back in January Tesla surprised everyone by announcing it was expanding the factory, but they didn’t specify what activities will be occurring in the existing footprint of the building, or if any of those activities will be impacted by the construction.
What we do know is that the new space will be for Semi production, as well as 4680 cell production that will have an initial production capacity of 100 GWh per year.