Can Elon Musk Get SolarCity’s Gigafactory Back On Track? by

Last week, after President Donald Trump announced the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced his departure from the White House’s business council. It was a symbolic gesture, one that positioned Musk as a counterweight to Trump in the fight for the future of America’s energy policy.

As we detail in our new feature on Tesla’s controversial $2.6-billion acquisition of SolarCity, the solar company founded by Musk’s cousins Lyndon and Peter Rive, the Gigafactory 2 was a selling point for the merger and is key to the future of a new product: the Solar Roof. But for the past several years, the Gigafactory 2’s development has run into a series of project delays, automation challenges, and budget overruns, according to people familiar with the matter.


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