If you were still on the fence about whether to get a drone camera for personal use, this video might just change your mind. A newbie user captured HD footage of the new Tesla Gigafactory in Storey County, Nevada, where Tesla plans to roll out enough batteries per year to power 500,000 cars. The video shows the staggering size of the factory, which will span 10 million square feet once complete.


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In a Tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, “This is not the full Gigafactory, it is just the pilot plant (1/4 size).” The finished factory will cover hundreds of acres and be among the largest factories in the world.

Tesla’s Gigafactory will be run on renewable energy, using power from three sources: the flat roof will be covered in solar panels and the factory will be plugged into a nearby wind farm and a geothermal electricity plant.

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Originally scheduled to begin production in 2017, Musk recently announced that full battery pack production will now start next year. When finished, the factory will employ an estimated 6,500 people and, Musk says, the new batteries should reduce the cost of the Tesla Model 3 by up to $3,000.

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Emory Peterson, a Nevada local, shot the video, which was his first-ever drone footage. Peterson says he did it “for fun” using a DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Drone from a mile away. The footage has now been watched by hundreds of thousands of people.

Via Mail Online

Video via QLC Tech Videos, first image via screen grab, additional images via Tesla Motors