Tesla is taking more steps to accelerate its effort to establish manufacturing capacity in China in order to get around the increasing import tariffs. The automaker is now expanding its hiring effort at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai.

We reported in August about Tesla listing the first 14 positions at Gigafactory 3, the automaker’s new factory under construction in Shanghai.

Most positions have to do with planning the construction of the factory, including hiring an architectural designer, financial planner, buyers, an engineering director, and more.

Tesla is now expanding its hiring effort with about 50 new job openings in Shanghai, including roles like Lead Mechanical Design Engineer, Building InfrastructureManufacturing Operations Manager, and several supply chain managers.

Reports from China also said that Tesla attended a recruitment fair in Lingang on Wednesday and that it will attend an autumn talent recruitment fair at the Shanghai Lingang Industrial Zone on November 29 and 30.

Earlier this summer, the company announced a deal with the Shanghai government to build a wholly owned local factory.

They have now accelerated their plans in response to the trade war between the US and China.

Earlier today, we reported that Tesla slashed its prices in China and absorbed the difference due to the trade war.

Last month, Tesla announced that it secured 210-acres of land for Gigafactory 3 in China and said that it is ‘on track’ with the accelerated construction plan.

After the announcement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that local loans would be the company’s primary way to finance the new factory, which he expects will cost about $2 billion just to get it to the initial production volume of about 200,000 units per year.

When first announcing the plant, Tesla said that it expects “construction to begin in the near future” and that it “will take roughly two years” until they start producing vehicles and “then another two to three years before the factory is fully ramped up to produce around 500,000 vehicles per year for Chinese customers.”

A few weeks later, Tesla said it would bring ‘some parts of Model 3 production’ to China as soon as next year.

Featured Image: Tesla could fit a Gigfactory 1 at its new site in China – by Brandon Knoblauch

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