• Image Credit: Steve Jurvetson, Flickr Creative Commons.
  • Image Credit: Steve Jurvetson, Flickr Creative Commons.
  • Image Credit: Steve Jurvetson, Flickr Creative Commons.
  • Image Credit: Steve Jurvetson, Flickr Creative Commons.
When all is said and done at Tesla Motors' $5-billion (estimated) Gigafactory that the company is building near Reno, Nevada, the tab that's been racked up so far will be a rounding error. Still, the Reno Gazette-Journal thought it was noteworthy to estimate that the California-based electric-vehicle maker has so far spent $62 million on the site. There's even a nifty timeline laying things out.

Given the scale of this project, the money's been spent on fairly mundane stuff like grading, early electricity provisions, temporary buildings, foundational work and very early steel construction. What's somewhat interesting, though, is that brush and vegetation clearance at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center started last May, a few months before it was officially announced that Tesla would build its factory there.

Recently, local reports surfaced that Tesla was pushing up the local wage scale since it would offer average wages of about $25 an hour for future workers. Tesla, without getting into the details, said such reports were inaccurate.

Tesla announced that it would build the Gigafactory at the site last September. Nevada contributed an incentive package to Tesla that was estimated to be worth as much as $1.2 billion over 20 years.

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