Recapping Tesla’s Photo voltaic Gigafactory Struggles: Can the Buffalo Plant Ship?

It’s been 5 years since SolarCity first declared plans to grow to be a photo voltaic producer, and almost three years since Musk unveiled the photo voltaic roof as a part of his public relations bid to purchase SolarCity.

With loads of guarantees to make Buffalo a photo voltaic manufacturing hub, New York State supplied Tesla $750 million to construct out its operations. However because the years dragged on, it turned clear that Tesla did not have a lot of a plan.

Tesla promised it could pump out hundreds of photo voltaic roofs per week by now, however the firm has quietly struggled to construct out any significant manufacturing. Clients are offended. Buffalo locals and New York politicians really feel burned. Some workers are jaded. So what can we make of the Gigafactory 2 debacle? 

This week on The Interchange, we’re joined by Austin Carr, a reporter at Bloomberg who’s been overlaying the Tesla photo voltaic story deeply. 

We’ll have a look at the historical past of SolarCity/Tesla’s manufacturing plans, the derailed plans for the photo voltaic roof, and the way present manufacturing exercise compares with Tesla’s guarantees to New York.

Learn Austin’s reporting on Tesla’s photo voltaic enterprise:

Bloomberg: Did Elon Musk Neglect About Buffalo?

Quick Firm: The Actual Story Behind Tesla’s Acquisition of SolarCity

And GTM protection of Tesla’s photo voltaic evolution:

GTM: Tesla Embraces New Photo voltaic Technique However Analysts Stay Skeptical

GTM: Elon Musk’s Newest Plan for the Photo voltaic Market — Leases

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