60K Workers Will Turn Tesla's Giga Texas Into the Largest Car Plant in North America

Tesla's latest operational gigafactories in Texas and Germany have barely ramped up production past the 5K units per week. Tesla has big plans in the future, with Giga Texas expected to employ over 60K workers when the Cybertruck production reaches maximum capacity.
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Rumors surrounding Cybertruck production and deliveries abound as the electric pickup truck prepares to enter the market. The Cybertruck will be produced at Giga Texas in Austin, although the production numbers remain unknown. Tesla has sent mixed signals to investors, and it's probably safe to assume that nobody, including Tesla staff, knows how many will be produced.

With over 2 million reservations already pledged and more coming every day, people think that Tesla will be busy producing the Cybertruck for many years to come. Let's not forget, though, that Tesla hasn't released the Cybertruck specifications and price yet. There are still many variables that might attract (or put off) customers, so it's difficult to estimate now what production capacity Tesla will reserve for it.

Giga Texas production has been halted, and no car is rolling off the production lines. Tesla warned during the second-quarter earnings call that it would overhaul several production lines at its gigafactories around the world. This will undoubtedly affect production numbers into the third quarter. It's another reason Tesla had to remove the base-version Model Y AWD from its US website, with the first being a shortage of 4680 cells as Tesla also overhauls its Kato Road facility.

Based on our information, the Cybertruck is manually produced in Fremont, and the series production at Giga Texas has not started yet. Nevertheless, when the Austin production line goes live, Tesla expects it to churn Cybertrucks like there's no tomorrow. A recent report from Austin Business Journal shows that Tesla will need 60,000 workers at Giga Texas when it fully ramps up Cybertruck production. Tesla already employs more than 20,000 people in Austin.

The information was offered by Jason Shawhan, Tesla's director of manufacturing at the factory. According to Shawhan, hiring so many workers is always a challenge. Giga Texas had 12,000 workers at the end of 2022, surpassing Elon Musk's earlier estimates. Workers come from all over Central Texas and even as far as Houston, and Tesla doesn't have enough parking for all. A new parking is built near the factory to fix this issue.

Giga Texas doesn't just build cars but also drive units, battery packs, and Tesla's own 4680 battery cells. The high vertical integration rate means that Tesla makes on-site many components that other carmakers source from suppliers. Tesla is considering adding a battery-recycling facility and a cathode factory next to the main factory.

Based on the number of workers and production figures for the Model Y and Cybertruck, Giga Texas looks poised to surpass Fremont as the largest car plant in North America. Although the Austin gigafactory is a little behind Giga Berlin at the moment, things will probably change soon as the Model Y production line upgrades are completed and the Cybertruck enters production.

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About the author: Cristian Agatie
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After his childhood dream of becoming a "tractor operator" didn't pan out, Cristian turned to journalism, first in print and later moving to online media. His top interests are electric vehicles and new energy solutions.
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