Environment

In the past decade, our solar panels produced more than enough clean energy to power every Gigafactory and vehicle during that time

In the past decade, our solar panels produced more than enough clean energy to power every Gigafactory and vehicle during that time

More Energy Generation Than Consumption

Tesla solar panels have generated more electricity than has been consumed by our vehicles and factories between 2012 and 2021. Page 5

Tesla solar panels have generated more electricity than has been consumed by our vehicles and factories between 2012 and 2021. Page 5

The Future Is Electric

Gas cars burn fossil fuel that is usable only once, while an electric motor maximizes energy efficiency within a closed loop system. Even at the end of their usable life, our battery packs can be used to build a brand-new battery pack, over and over again. Page 4

Gas cars burn fossil fuel that is usable only once, while an electric motor maximizes energy efficiency within a closed loop system. Even at the end of their usable life, our battery packs can be used to build a brand-new battery pack, over and over again. Page 4

Gas Cars

  • 8,000 U.S. Gallons of fuel burned per car
  • 70 tons of CO2e released into the atmosphere
  • Extremely difficult to decarbonize as carbon capture is not economically viable today 

Electric Cars

  • 70 MWh of electricity charged per car
  • 30 tons of CO2e released, assuming current global grid mix 
  • Possible to decarbonize production and lifetime use with well-established technologies 

Model Y All-Wheel Drive achieves 4.2 EPA miles per kWh—making it the most efficient electric SUV built to date. Page 63

Model Y All-Wheel Drive achieves 4.2 EPA miles per kWh—making it the most efficient electric SUV built to date. Page 63

Energy Efficiency

Scale is essential. In 2021, Tesla delivered almost one million electric vehicles. We hope that every car manufacturer will strive to produce hundreds of thousands of EVs per year and participate in an industry-wide shift to sustainable transportation.

Scale is essential. In 2021, Tesla delivered almost one million electric vehicles. We hope that every car manufacturer will strive to produce hundreds of thousands of EVs per year and participate in an industry-wide shift to sustainable transportation.

Nearly 1 Million EVs in a Year

Sustainable Design

We build our factories to limit waste, water usage and energy consumption. With each Gigafactory, we are able to manufacture our products more sustainably. Page 64

We build our factories to limit waste, water usage and energy consumption. With each Gigafactory, we are able to manufacture our products more sustainably. Page 64

Bringing factories closer to customers

Our six factories span three continents: Fremont Factory, Gigafactory Nevada, Gigafactory New York, Gigafactory Shanghai, Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg and Gigafactory Texas.

Covering roof space with solar panels
As of 2021, we installed solar panels with a capacity of 21,405 KW, with the vast majority installed on Gigafactory Nevada, Gigafactory New York and our manufacturing facilities California.
Reducing the distance parts travel
We source heavy vehicle parts from locations nearby our Gigafactories to be closer to our vehicle manufacturing process.
Less Water Use

On average, we already use less water per vehicle than almost any ICE car manufacturer. Our goal is to achieve industry-leading low water usage per vehicle—even while accounting for in-house cell manufacturing. Page 73

On average, we already use less water per vehicle than almost any ICE car manufacturer. Our goal is to achieve industry-leading low water usage per vehicle—even while accounting for in-house cell manufacturing. Page 73

  

2021 Impact Report