By Brian C. Klaas – FoxNews.comThe auto maker is gearing up for the launch of its new sports car at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show next month.
Tesla founder Elon Musk’s goal is to build a gigafactory in Nevada that will allow Tesla to manufacture electric cars for the mass market.
The automaker has been building its own factory at its Fremont, Calif., facility, but the company is now building a new 1,000-car assembly line.
It is also developing a smaller vehicle called the “Civic” which is more akin to the Tesla Model X than the smaller sports car.
The company says it will build 100 vehicles in the new facility by 2020, and that the production of the cars will be in 50-60 assembly lines, not including the Tesla Gigafactor itself.
Musk says he has been in talks with automakers about a future gigafactories and plans to unveil them at a press conference on April 12.
“I want to create a factory that is not only capable of producing cars in the future, but also to manufacture all the vehicles we need to get to the mass-market level in a matter of years,” Musk said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek in December.
“This is a critical piece of the puzzle for us, but it will be done with the utmost caution.”
Musk said he was talking to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors, both of which are building a similar factory, but didn’t offer details.
Musk has said he plans to spend $10 billion on the Gigafactors.