There was a hazardous material spill at Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory battery plant in Nevada Monday that is now under investigation, company officials said.
There were no serious injuries in the incident which occurred when a drum of “standard construction cleaning solvent” spilled at a loading dock and a small area of the building was evacuated, said Tesla spokesman Dave Arnold.
“Out of an abundance of caution, a couple of employees who may have been exposed are being transferred to the local hospital,” Arnold said.
He said Tesla anticipated no effect on production.
“There was no threat to the public, no plumes or anything,” said Joe Curtis, director of emergency management for Nevada’s Storey County. He said the fire department was on the scene identifying the spilled hazardous material.
The factory outside of Sparks, Nevada, has not yet finished, but production started on lithium-ion battery cells to be used in Tesla’s energy storage products and upcoming Model 3 sedan.