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How Tesla build their car factories unbelievably quickly

Published: 5/Oct/2020 10:30

by Kieran Bicknell

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Tesla is now the most valuable car manufacturer in the world. With such popularity comes increased demand. This requires huge so-called ‘Gigafactories’ which go up in incredibly short timeframes – here’s how they do it.

Just ten short years ago, Tesla bought its first factory from automotive giants General Motors (GM.) Since then, the EV manufacturers have refined and honed their ‘Gigafactories’ to produce an incredibly slick building process.

The factories themselves go up in shockingly short amounts of time, defying what many conventional builders would think is achievable. Located in Nevada and New York, Tesla’s Gigafactories are a feat of engineering and rank among the most high-tech factories in the world.

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin Construction
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Tesla’s ‘Giga Berlin’ factory is yet to receive final sign-off from local officials, despite being at an advanced stage of construction.

Tesla Gigafactory construction process

Featuring a staggering amount of automated processes, the actual human taskforce of these factories is much lower than anticipated. Since so many machines have replaced human processes, it is far easier to set up production lines than in ‘traditional’ factories.

With Shanghai and Berlin now joining the two American factories, Shanghai in particular was built at astonishing speed. The production plant went from a bare patch of land to producing its first products in under a year.

Part of this incredible speed is thanks to Tesla’s ‘building block’ style system. With a clear plan for their factories, they are able to simply replicate it time and again almost regardless of location. They know exactly how much space, what machinery, and what supporting architecture is needed.

Another reason the buildings go up so quickly is thanks to the way the construction teams work. Instead of finishing one task before beginning the next, the contractors work to a pre-determined sequence, ensuring there is never any downtime between ‘stages’ of building.

“A factory on each inhabited continent”

By utilizing prefabricated construction elements, Tesla saves time by shipping ready-made panels, roofs, and walls to the site, meaning they can simply be ‘slotted’ into place where needed.

There are risks to Tesla’s methods, however. Giga Berlin is under construction despite only having preliminary approval, and is yet to receive a final sign-off. Should this be denied, Tesla may have to tear the whole building down.

With Elon Musk aiming for a production center on “each inhabited continent” Tesla will have plenty of time to perfect and fine-tune its process even further.

Cyberpunk 2077

8 vehicles we can’t wait to drive in Cyberpunk 2077

Published: 27/Oct/2020 16:44 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 9:16

by Kieran Bicknell

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With the lead up to Cyberpunk 2077’s highly-anticipated release, more news is being released about Night City, its inhabitants, and their vehicles. 

Having showcased a number of the vehicles players will experience in Night City during a ‘Night City Wire’ broadcast, CD Projekt Red have now revealed more vehicles on their Twitter page.

We’ve already seen a number of different vehicle classes that will feature in Cyberpunk 2077, but this is the first time we’ve seen a number of individual vehicles. From bikes to hypercars, here are 8 vehicles we can’t wait to get our hands on in Cyberpunk 2077.

8. Quadra Type-66 Avenger

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The Quadra Type-66 Avenger.

While we’ve seen the Quadra Type-66 before during a Night City Wire broadcast, this is the first time we’ve seen the ‘Avenger’ variant.

Beefed-up suspension, bolt-on wheel arches, and a more aggressive appearance make the Type-66 Avenger a vehicle that looks fit for any purpose.

7. Makigai MaiMai P126

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The Makigai MaiMai P126.

Part of the ‘Economy’ class of cars, the MaiMai P126 looks like the perfect 4-wheel transportation for getting around the tight alleyways of Night City.

Expect no-frills, low-cost motoring with the Makigai MaiMai P126.

6. Thorton Colby Butte “Shooting Brake”

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The Thorton Colby Butte “Shooting Brake”.

The Thorton Colby Butte appears to be a ute-style car similar to the Chevrolet El Camino.

Likely blending a mix of performance and practicality, the term “Shooting Brake” may be used more literally in Night City than in the real world.

5. Yaiba Kusanagi Tyger Claw Custom

Yaiba Kusanagi Tyger Claw Custom
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The Yaiba Kusanagi Tyger Claw Custom.

This is a vehicle preview with a twist – this is far from a ‘standard’ bike, as evidenced by the “custom” name.

Evoking emotions of a Yakuza-esque motorbike, the Yaiba Kusanagi is ideal for evading capture thanks to its maneuverability and small profile.

4. Thorton Galena Nomad “Gecko”

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The Thorton Galena Nomad “Gecko”.

Another custom car, possibly designed by one of many gang leaders found throughout Night City and beyond.

Given that the other Thorton’s we’ve seen are in the ‘economy’ or ‘executive’ classes, the Gecko looks set to be part of the economy class judging by its appearance.

3. Villefort Alvarado 570 De Luxe

Villefort Alvarado 570 De Luxe
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The Villefort Alvarado 570 De Luxe.

First seen during the Night City Wire Episode 4 broadcast, the Villefort Alvarado 570 De Luxe forms part of the ‘executive’ class of cars. Perfect for the style-conscious gangster or assassin, the Alvarado is sure to make an impact wherever you go.

2. Rayfield Caliburn

Cyber2077 Rayfield Caliburn
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The Rayfield Caliburn.

Another car that we’ve previously seen in Night City Wire, the Rayfield Caliburn belongs to the ‘hypercar’ class of vehicles.

Expect insane power, high levels of protection, and plenty of style points with the Caliburn.

1. Johnny Silverhand’s Porsche 911

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Johnny Silverhands’ Porsche 911.

The only real-world car to feature in Cyberpunk 2077 (that we know of) Johnny Silverhand’s Porsche 911 is based on the 930 Turbo from the 1970s.

This one-off car is the ‘hero’ vehicle in Cyberpunk, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.


Cyberpunk 2077 is set to release on December 10 after suffering yet another pushback. Even so, we don’t have all that long to wait until we’re joyriding around the streets of Night City in these vehicles and more.