Tesla is moving fast when it comes to Gigafactory 3 and it is counting on China’s reputation to build fast in order to start production by the end of the year.
A new video of the factory site now shows that is alive with construction work.
Tesla officially broke ground at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai just over a week ago.
At the time, CEO Elon Musk praised the region’s capability to build quickly:
“It’s really impressive the capabilities of Shanghai in building things. […] We think with the resources here we can build the Shanghai Gigafactory in record time and we’re looking forward to hopefully having some initial production of the Model 3 towards the end of this year and achieving volume production next year,”
It looks like he wasn’t kidding about the speed.
Now just over a week later, a video of the site show a dozen heavy machines working on the large deserted piece of land:
Construction is already well underway only about 6 months after Tesla announced a deal with the Shanghai government to build a wholly owned local factory and only 4 months after they secured the 210-acres of land for Gigafactory 3 in China. Vincent Yu also grabbed some stills:
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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 volume production with a planned capacity of 200,000 units 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.
But that’s before they decided to accelerate their plans due to the trade war between the US and China.
Musk expects that the actual Gigafactory 3 building could be ready this summer and they would start production of “some parts of Model 3 production” by the end of 2019.