Tesla Starts Installing Production Equipment At Chinese Gigafactory

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.

Also Read: Tesla Breaks Ground At Chinese Gigafactory, Model 3 And Y Production Confirmed

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.

 

  • Knotmyrealname

    In the UK, it’d take about 6 months to complete a few miles of roadworks. What a contrast.

    • benT

      knotted willie ?

      • Knotmyrealname

        Que?

    • It would take 6 months to equally space the cones on the road (before the roadworks).

      • Knotmyrealname

        Sorry, yes, then another 6 months to place the lights on the cones.

  • Bart

    Pace of the process is not that impressive. This is how it goes elsewhere in the world once you get all the paperwork done.
    What is impressive is that Tesla builds a factory in China without signing a joint venture deal with local car company. I don’t know what kind of devil’s deal Musk has signed, but wow!

    Now, would be great if a second factory would fix their spare parts and quality problems. I’m usually snarky about Elon, but Tesla cars with a better reliability and service quality would be close to perfection.

    • benT

      Can you provide some evidence of the quality and spares. Not doubting you.

      • Bart

        Would have to Google for it, but it’s common knowledge. Huge panel gaps, falling bumpers, lumps on the paint, and long waiting lines for the spares were widely reported. Musk addressed most of these on Twitter, I believe. He didn’t deny, rather promised to improve things (which is fair enough).

    • JqC

      Man, where are you from??? Where I’m from this would take 3 years to complete!!! This is not a normal pace. They expected to be producing at earliest by end of year. It’s June and they’re installing production equipment. People can be so casual about the feats of engineering, logistics and management occurring these days. It’s as though we’re so jaded, we can’t be impressed unless a miracle occurs.

      • Bart

        So far, this is a only steel walled warehouse. And it’s built in China. I’m impressed they got the permits and so on that fast (hopefully, without dangerous shortcuts), but not about the construction works themselves.

    • JqC

      Also, made in China is no longer made in China. If you get my meaning. Production quality in that country ranges from shambles to German-like. You can get anything you want, depending on how much you’re willing to pay for it.

      • Bart

        Sure. When I said “made in China” I meant „we could throw as much manpower at it as you wish”, not that it’s poor quality.

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