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Elon Musk's Tesla megafactory in the Nevada desert begins battery production

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Tesla's record breaking gigafactory has begun mass producing batteries for the firm's cars and energy product. Set to become the world's biggest building when complete, the factory is a key part of Elon Musk's vision to transform the energy industry. 'Today at the Gigafactory, Tesla and Panasonic began mass production of lithium-ion battery cells, which will be used in Tesla's energy storage products and Model 3,' Tesla said. Set to become the world's biggest building when complete, the factory is a key part of Elon Musk's vision to transform the energy industry, and today became mass producing battery cells. The current structure has a footprint of 1.9M square feet, which houses 4.9 million square feet of operational space across several floors - and it is only 30% complete.

Tesla's gigafactory revealed in latest drone footage

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New drone footage has revealed the latest look of Tesla's Gigafactory located on Electric Avenue in Sparks, Nevada. Once completed in 2020, the factory is set to become one of the biggest buildings in the world, with a final size of 10 million square feet. With production underway at the Gigafactory, the company is churning out lithium ion battery cells by the masses in hopes to ultimately reduce the cost of sustainable energy. Tesla says the factory will be producing 35 gigawatt hours of batteries by 2018, which is crucial for the company in reaching its production target of 10,000 units per week in 2018 for its new Model 3 car. According to electrek, Tesla's goal is on target as Tesla co-founder Elon Musk said this month that the factory is already the biggest battery producing factory in the world.

Faraday Future gets go-ahead for testing on California roads

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A few hundred miles south of Tesla Motors headquarters resides another electric car maker that has been given the green-light to unleash its prototypes on California roads. Faraday Future won approval today from The Golden State to begin testing its self-driving vehicles later this year on public routes. The Los Angeles-based startup plans to start building and selling electric vehicles next year in the United States, but has not disclosed details of regarding its newly awarded self-driving program. Faraday Future won approval today from The Golden State to begin testing its self-driving electric vehicles later this year on public routes. Faraday is one of several Chinese-funded startups hoping to challenge Tesla in premium electric vehicles.

Faraday Future reveals 1bn Nevada megafactory to rival Tesla

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Secretive electric car company Faraday Future hopes to have its first vehicles rolling off the assembly line in 2018. The announcement was made as officials marked the start of construction on a planned 1 billion Las Vegas-area production plant, not far from rival Tesla's Gigafactory. While it's clear the company plans to create an electric car, a prototype has yet to be unveiled and there are no specifics yet on what kinds of cars it might manufacture. The company, backed by Chinese entrepreneur Jia Yueting, currently has about 700 employees in the U.S. It unveiled a concept car in January, but hasn't put a vehicle on the market. Faraday Future puts the size of the Apex Industrial Park facility at 3 million square feet, or nearly the size of the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center close to the Las Vegas Strip.

Star Wars jet Boeing 777-200ER inspired by C-3PO

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Japan's All Nippon Airways has unveiled its newest Star Wars-themed passenger jet, which features a livery inspired by the lovable droid C-3PO. The design of the Boeing 777-200ER pays tribute to the humanoid robot and is the fourth in a series of liveries that celebrate the Hollywood film franchise. It will start flying on domestic routes in Japan from the end of March 2017, joining planes that feature R2-D2, BB-8 and a general Star Wars theme which shows R2-D2 and BB-8. The livery features a striking gold paint scheme and multi-coloured lines that represent the droid's body parts and wiring Japan's largest airline said the Boeing 777 will begin flying on domestic routes, including Tokyo and Osaka, from next March Check out this Sumo's drum game display The 3-CPO livery, unveiled this week at the Star Wars Celebration Europe event in London, has a striking gold paint scheme and lines that reflect the pivotal character's body parts and wiring. When it launches next year, the jet will serve mainly Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Okinawa and Fukuoka.