Elon Musk, Leonardo DiCaprio Talk Green Energy, Tour Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory’

Tue, Nov 1, 2016 2,383

Through the success of PayPal, SpaceX, SolarCity and Tesla, Elon Musk has become somewhat of a celebrity in his own right. But he recently gave a tour of Tesla’s “Gigafactory” to a real Hollywood A-lister: Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio and Musk toured the 13 million square-foot facility while filming a portion of the actor’s new National Geographic documentary on environmentalism, titled “Before the Flood.” During the walk-through, the two talked about everything from Tesla’s future production goals, society’s dependence on fossil fuels and how sustainable energy can improve people’s quality of life.

The now Oscar-winning actor is well-known for his environmental efforts around the world. DiCaprio is so passionate about transitioning to sustainable energy, in fact, he’s a part-owner of the Venturi Formula E team and, in 2015, was named chair of FE’s Sustainability Committee.

If Musk and Tesla’s calculations are correct — it would take 100 “Gigafactories” for the whole world to become energy-independent — transitioning off fossil fuels might well be a realistic goal in the near future. Building 100 facilities as large as the “Gigafactory” might seem overly ambitious, given that it has the largest footprint of any building in the world, but considering those would supply batteries for the entire planet, it seems entirely doable.