Giga Texas is barely a few months old, but the automaker has already filed an application to expand their newest factory in the United States by adding over 1 million square feet. The latest filing to be discovered shows Tesla also wants to build a ‘production support area’ on a 68-acre parcel of land adjacent to the factory complex.
The application was filed with the City of Austin on July 1, 2022 and posted to their Austin Build + Connect portal. The project is described as being a proposal for “industrial use facilities with associated improvements,” a boilerplate description we have seen before for other projects Tesla has filed with the city.
The only other hint as to what Tesla actually intends to do with this project comes from the proposed land use, which is noted as being for manufacturing, according to the Austin Business Journal which first reported on the application.
This isn’t the first project Tesla has filed an application for that will be built on a lot near the factory. Earlier this year the company filed to build ‘Project Cathode’ on a 32-acre parcel of land to the east of the current Giga Texas facility. Construction of this cathode factory has already begun according to drone flyovers of the area.
Tesla has also filed to build a massive battery energy storage system (BESS) with hundreds of Megapacks that will help store energy from the equally massive solar array that is currently being installed on the roof of the factory.
All of these projects are slated to be built on land Tesla has been acquiring since buying the original 2,000 acres of land for Giga Texas near the Colorado River.