Tesla Gigafactory 3 In China To Begin Production 2nd Half 2019


The information comes courtesy of the Mayor of Shanghai, discussing the current stage of the Gigafactory 3 project.

According to several sources, Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory is well on its way. The news comes through the Mayor of Shanghai, who has revealed that the Shanghai-based Tesla Gigafactory has basically completed the land leveling part of the project and the actual construction of the main facility is about to start. Furthermore, it is expected to put the factory into operation in the second half of next year.

It seems that the Shanghai local government officials and the Shanghai leadership have listened to the relevant information relayed to them by Tesla and their department heads. In turn, this encouraged enterprises to accelerate the construction of the factory, all on the premise of ensuring production safety and the quality of the entire project. While the completion date is really close, with all the technological advancements, the firepower of the Chinese construction industry, joined by the somewhat simple architecture of the Gigafactory itself, we have little doubt that the facility – construction wise – will be finished on time.

Quoting Weixin, a Chinese media site:

At present, the project has basically completed land leveling and is about to start construction. It is expected to be partially put into operation in the second half of next year.

However, actually pushing vehicles off the production line is a wholly different ballgame. And certainly, Tesla understands that. After all, the company has been on a hiring spree in Shanghai in the recent few months. However, with the pressing items such as the imposed import tariffs, the demand of the local Chinese market and the need for Tesla to deliver more and more vehicles, this factory couldn’t come sooner.

China is on a fast track to becoming one of the world’s biggest markets, and thanks partly to the efforts of the local Chinese governments to curb the effects of air pollution, electric vehicles are going to be a highly coveted item. And Tesla fits right into the middle of that.

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In addition to constructing faster, I wonder if Tesla could take advantage of the local manufacturing know how to streamline the actual ramp up of production. Shanghai has to be the center of the universe for that kind of manufacturing and logistics skills.

“…it is expected to put the factory into operation in the second half of next year.”

My guess is that this refers to what a Tesla spokesman described as bringing “portions of Model 3 production to China during 2019.” Tesla has also said it will take 2-3 years to get the Chinese Gigafactory up and running at full production.

So what does this mean? Just a guess on my part, but my guess is they will be shipping parts of the Model 3 to China, perhaps loose parts or perhaps partly assembled cars, or both, and doing finishing assembly at the Shanghai Gigafactory. If Tesla will be using battery cells sourced from China, then they won’t be sending assembled battery packs from Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. Perhaps the plan is to send gliders (partly assembled car bodies with suspension and wheels, but without a powertrain) from Fremont, but assemble battery packs on-site using Chinese batteries.

From Tesla’s other statements, full mass production of the Model 3 won’t be happening in Shanghai until late 2020 or sometime in 2021.


Can we get a live feed of the construction? That would be fun to check in with!


At first it will probably make the S and the X, the refreshed versions, maybe as soon as next fall. The sales of those models have been hammered by the ridiculous 40% tariffs, and they make the most money. Later they can add more lines for the Model 3, maybe 2020.
Similar to the way the models dropped in the U.S. First the S, then the X, then Model 3.

“Mid 2019” is misleading.
Should be “Second half of 2019”, which could mean anytime from July to December.

“Mid 2019” — I usually consider the middle months of a fiscal year to be Q2 and Q3.

“second half of 2019” — I usually consider the second half of a fiscal year to be Q3 and Q4.

“beginning scale” and “partially put into operation” — To me that sounds like pre-rampup levels of manufacturing. Where non-production vehicles are manufactured prior to ramping up production.

I would hate to have a bunch of shorters blathering endlessly starting in Q2 2019 about how Tesla was supposed to be selling a bunch of production cars already from GF3, when this source doesn’t seem to be saying anything like that at all, and isn’t coming from Tesla.

Man, its really gotta be frustrating for all those legions of folks out there that have invested so much time and effort into the failure of Tesla. Regardless of the nay-sayers, the company continues to move forward and it’s pretty cool to see. Nice work Tesla!

One of the factors to keep in mind is that Tesla won’t be doing one of their Dev/Build projects like when they first brought the Model 3, S, and X to the market. This will be a straight Build project. The reason for the S/X/3 delays was that they were Developing a brand new build process at the same time they were building their factories. They were creating brand new supply chains with new parts suppliers.

This won’t be like that. Tesla doesn’t have to invent the S/X/3 assembly line all over again for GF3. They just have to duplicate the same known successful assembly lines and use much of the same known supply chain for parts from known suppliers.

So anyone trying to bring up old examples of delays will be comparing apples with oranges.

Elon being Elon, I could see a complete redesign of s&x and a small redesign of the 3 to exploit manufacturing simplicity in common with the Model Y. Don’t underestimate his willingness to start over from scratch:)

Perhaps somebody will make a video recording of the construction site (using a drone) at least once per month in 2019?

That would make the progress clearly visible.

They don’t mess around in China. Something like this would take a decade in Germany…..