It’s been roughly six months since Tesla broke ground at its Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China, and already, the electric car manufacturer has started installing production equipment at the site.
The video below reveals how rapidly the site has been constructed. What’s particularly impressive is that the first couple of months of this year were spent preparing the site and construction only really commenced in earnest in April. In the three months since, most of the huge facility has been built.
Speaking at Tesla’s recent shareholders meeting, chief executive Elon Musk said he believes Gigafactory 3 is the quickest car manufacturing plant to ever be built and says it is on track to be completed this summer.
As work at the site continues, Tesla has started to install the equipment needed for vehicle production, including stamping machines and the paint shop. The company will start building the Model 3 at the site as soon as it’s ready, and by the end of the year, Musk wants the site to be churning out roughly 3000 Model 3s per week. Meanwhile, the company is looking to increase Model 3 production at its Fremont, California site to 7,000 units per week.
Tesla opened the orders books for the Model 3 vehicles it will manufacture and sell in China at the end of May. Prices start at 328,000 yuan ($47,523), including value-added taxes. That’s a hefty 49,000 yuan ($,7091) less than the current Model 3s sold in China which are imported from the United States. Gigafactory 3 will also handle production of Chinese Model Ys.