The Gigafactory is this revolution’s home base, its command center. The company literally moved mountains—excavating parts of the Nevada foothills to fit its massive footprint. Right now, the Gigafactory (which is called that because it will eventually produce many gigawatts of energy storage) covers a space of about 14 football fields. When it’s done, at about 6 million square feet, it’ll have the largest footprint of any building in the world. It will have a larger footprint than Vatican City, which is about 4.7 million square feet. It will cover 107 football fields; Musk said it will fit “50 billion hamsters.”
There’s a reason Tesla is slowly dropping the “Motors” from the company name. In fact, 50 billion reasons, as it turns out.