There are things that it seems we've been hearing about forever but that apparently making much progress, and then there are things that it seems like we only heard about yesterday but are making progress at a very rapid pace. The Tesla Gigafactory is one of those. A project so large and ambitious that most of the biggest companies in the world don't even think that big, yet a small Californian company, just a startup that wasn't even selling anything 10 years ago, has not only conceived of it, but it rapidly making it happen.
We know this because Tesla enthusiasts keep going on-site in Nevada and flying drones overhead to see what's going on with what could very well become one of the largest buildings on Earth, if not #1, thanks to Tesla's probable expansion plans.
But before we jump in the latest drone view, let's go back in time a little. Here's what the Gigafactory looked like in February:
This is what it looked like in April:
And here it is today (or at least, a few days ago in September 2015):
The Gigafactory, which will cost about $5 billion to build and will make as many lithium-ion batteries when fully operational as the world world was making last year, is supposed to look something like this when finished:
Here's the planned schedule for construction and operational ramp up:
And here's the amount of batteries that the Gigafactory will make compared to world production:
If you watch the video to the end, you'll see a little friendly creature that was no doubt curious about the drone...