The Gigafactory 3 expansion is moving forward at maximum speed.

The Tesla Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China is expanding at a pace possibly even quicker than a year ago. We guess it's probably easier now, as a lot of the infrastructure is ready to support it and the workers already gained experience with Tesla.

The new videos, recorded on April 2 by Jason Yang and on April 3 by 乌瓦, present a gigantic construction site of the new manufacturing buildings.

Video Description via Jason Yang on YouTube:

(April 02) Tesla Gigafactory3 will play an increasingly important role in Q2 earnings report

Tesla gigafactory 3 3A engineering steel structure will soon be in full swing, and a huge structure will soon be visible. With the outbreak of COVID19 in the world, gigafactory 3 will become Tesla's main performance open source,Tesla Gigafactory3 will play an increasingly important role in Q2 earnings report

The foundation for the first one is already completed and now the steel structures are climbing up.

Tesla Gigafactory 3 (source: Jason Yang)
Tesla Gigafactory 3 (source: Jason Yang)

The foundation for buildings on the left is in progress. At this moment we would like to recommend to you a video, of the Gigafactory 3 from early April 2019 - when the first main manufacturing facility was in a similar stage. It gives us no doubt that Tesla is able to launch production at these new facilities by the end of 2020.

Tesla Gigafactory 3 (source: Jason Yang)
Tesla Gigafactory 3 (source: Jason Yang)

Finally, the parking lot with new Made-in-China (MIC) Model 3  - more than 100 cars waiting for the delivery, which is quite typical in the past several videos.

Tesla Gigafactory 3 (source: Jason Yang)
Tesla Gigafactory 3 (source: Jason Yang)

Here is the second flyover, by 乌瓦:

Video Description via 乌瓦 on YouTube:

Phase II project enters full-scale construction二期进入全面建设\Tesla gigafactory 3 in shanghai特斯拉上海超级工厂\4K

Video shooting time: April 3

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This is April, when the rape blossoms are in full bloom and spring is full of seasons. At this time last year, a steel frame was erected on the ground of the first-stage construction site of Tesla's Shanghai factory surrounded by bright yellow flowers. The scene in my mind was like yesterday. I remember the moment I saw it, I was thrilled. At the end of that shooting, I gave my thumbs up in the direction of the construction site, and my heart raised: this is "China Speed"!

Obviously, the second phase of the project has not delayed its construction progress under the epidemic situation. Even if the construction area of the second phase is much larger than that of the first phase, which is consistent with the construction progress of the first phase last year, this still reflects the "Chinese infrastructure madness" "specialty.

Tesla Gigafactory 3 facts:

  • location: Shanghai, China
  • wholly-owned subsidiary (not joint venture)
  • expected total investment: about $2 billion
  • construction was started in January 2019
  • purpose: production of affordable versions of Model 3/Model Y for greater China region (higher cost versions of 3/Y and all S/X to be produced in the U.S.)
  • battery packs will be assembled using lithium-ion cells from various suppliers, including Panasonic
  • expected volume: 150,000 per year in the first phase and 500,000 per year in the future
  • Targets: production of cars (between 1,000 to 2,000 per week by the end of 2019) to start in the second-half of 2019 (volume production, of 3,000 cars per week initially, from 2020),
  • First customer deliveries of Made-in-China (MIC) Model 3 happened on December 30, 2019
  • Elon Musk officially announced Model Y program at Gigafactory 3 on January 7, 2020
  • Tesla was able to achieve a production rate of about 280 cars a day (10-hour shift) or almost 2,000 a week in December 2019. The production capacity was up to 3,000 cars per week. Production of battery packs started in December 2019 (but at the time not yet at the rate of car production).
  • The production was resumed on February 10, 2020, after an extended break, caused by the fight with coronavirus