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Tesla was required to have at least 500 employees in New York by April 30, 2019 as part of its commitment to the state, which granted $750 million in subsidies for the company’s solar factory in Buffalo, NY. Gigafactory 2 currently has over 700 workers, comprised of around 400 full-time workers from Panasonic and about 300 from Tesla. By the end of April next year, Tesla is expected to employ 1,460 workers in the state, including at least 500 at Gigafactory 2.
The annual report also indicated that Tesla had invested a total of $381.9 million in New York as of April 30, including $179.3 million in the previous year.
Apart from providing the specifics of its employment figures in New York, Tesla also announced that it has added a new manufacturing line to the solar factory. The new line is designed to assemble the electrical components of Tesla’s Supercharger V3 stations, which are capable of peak charge rates of up to 250 kW. Considering that Tesla is particularly aggressive with the expansion of its Supercharger Network, the V3 line in Gigafactory 2 would likely result in even more jobs for the state.
A spokesman for Tesla provided the following statement about the diversification of its activities in Gigafactory 2. “In addition to scaling production of Solar Roof, Tesla is also diversifying its presence in Buffalo by manufacturing and assembling Supercharger and energy storage components at Gigafactory 2. We’re committed to investing in Buffalo and the state, and the new power electronic lines will deliver more high-tech jobs while supporting Tesla’s energy storage products and global Supercharging infrastructure,” the spokesperson said.
Gigafactory 2 is a facility designed to produce the company’s Solar Roof tiles, which look like conventional roofing material but are capable of functioning like solar panels. The tiles are part of Elon Musk’s vision of promoting a low-carbon lifestyle for Tesla’s customers, since electric car owners could power their vehicles from the energy gathered by their Solar Roofs. Unfortunately, the Solar Roof ramp has been slower than expected, with customer installations only beginning in small quantities. Elon Musk, for his part, has pledged to ramp the product this year, noting during the Model Y unveiling that 2019 will be the “Year of the Solar Roof and Powerwall.”