The progress of expansion of the Tesla Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China is simply breathtaking. We just saw the videos from the beginning of the month, and now - as of April 8, 2020 - there are tons of steel structures already installed.
The new assembly facility should allow Tesla to produce locally the Tesla Model Y at a volume at least equal to the Model 3.
Let's take a look at the latest video and new images:
There were even slightly more cars and carriers ready for delivery. Also the test track was pretty busy on the video, as several cars were tested simultaneously.
Video Description via 乌瓦 on YouTube:
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Video shooting time: April 8
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Due to the impact of the epidemic, Tesla's plant in the United States is in a stage of suspension. The factory also experienced a lot of layoffs and salary cuts. Tesla hopes to resume production at the US plant as early as May 4. The Shanghai plant has greatly increased its production capacity since it resumed production, and has now reached a production capacity of 3,000 vehicles per week. At present, the Shanghai plant is stepping up production for this year's target of 150,000 vehicles. According to people familiar with the matter, Tesla plans to expand its Chinese product line as early as this week. The new product launched is the MODEL3 model with a longer battery life. It seems that we can see that Tesla is currently focusing on the Shanghai plant. Since the first phase of Tesla ’s Shanghai plant last year, it took only one year from construction to completion, which greatly inspired Tesla ’s confidence. At present, the construction speed of the second-phase project has exceeded that of the first-phase project. The second phase of the project is expected to be mainly prepared for production of the Y-shape.
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Separately, the Moneyball reports that official papers reveal plan for two industrial X-rays and one computed tomography scan to be installed:
"Tesla GF3 to install two industrial X-rays in lower body integrated molding shop, one CT scan in electric motor shop Jun-Sep this year, eco-assessment shows.
Molding, electric motor shop are part of plan to raise spare part manufacturing capacity. The plan is in approval process."
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