Tesla is moving extremely fast to build Gigafactory 3, its upcoming vehicle factory in Shanghai. A new drone video update shows that the structure of the building is growing at a breakneck pace.

About 7 months ago, Tesla announced a deal with the Shanghai government to build a wholly owned local factory and only about 5 months ago, they secured the 210-acres of land for Gigafactory 3 in China.

They officially broke ground in January and plan to be done with the building by this summer.

CEO Elon Musk said that the building might even be complete next month.

It was hard to believe because there was very little construction activity at the time, but the last few updates have shown incredible progress.

Now in a new drone video update, we see even more progress with the roof coming up on some parts of the structure (via 烏瓦):

Unlike Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, they are working on several different sections of the building at the same time.

In the video, we can see each section being at a different stage of the construction process:

At the Model Y unveiling, Tesla unveiled the finished design of the factory.

Musk claims that the factory will look like this by the end of the year:

Completing the building is one thing, but Tesla also wants to have vehicle production there by the end of the 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 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.

They want to produce 3,000 Model 3 vehicles at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai by the end of the year.

Update: We’ updated post title from ‘dangerously fast’ to ‘breakneck’ to better reflect speed and not quality 


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