Tesla Gigafactory 3 Stamping, Body, Paint & Assembly Complete By September

MAR 1 2019 BY GASGOO 30

A lot will be done in a little bit of time.

Tesla Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai is planned to complete the construction of stamping, bodywork, painting and assembly workshops in September 2019, according to an official document released by local ecology and environment authority.

Involving a total investment of RMB14 billion, the “first stage” for the Gigafactory 3’s first phase is set to produce the Tesla Model 3 with an annual capacity of 150,000 units. Aside from the four major workshops, the seat production area, the powertrain workshop and the electric motor workshop are planned to be finished in March next year.

If the construction proceeds as the above plan goes, that would be an astonishing speed for the industry since Tesla broke ground at the factory just in early January this year.

The U.S. luxury EV maker held a delivery event for Model 3 cars in Beijing on February 22. It announced on January 4 that Chinese consumers are allowed to place an order for optional configuration sets of the Tesla Model 3’s High Performance All-wheel Drive (AWD) version and Long Range AWD version on Tesla China’s official website and at Tesla’s experience centers in China from then on.

In addition, the first and second batch of Model 3 cars have arrived Tianjin Port and Shanghai Port earlier this month. It’s reported that the third batch carried by the cargo ship “Emerald Ace” was supposed to reach Tianjin Port on February 24.

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30 Comments on "Tesla Gigafactory 3 Stamping, Body, Paint & Assembly Complete By September"

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Good on Tesla

Do they plan to produce painted bodies , store them and wait months for the seats and the engines ? 🙂

Shanghai is a port, importing seats and engines may not be too difficult. BTW when the factory will be ready exporting will also be quite easy, so in the future the entry level model 3 could be made in China for all markets. Wall Street will be happy for the higher margins.

There are no engines in an EV.

A fact that escapes the serial anti-Tesla troll, A-Euro as he drives his “Clean Diesel” and watches his short positions go up in flames!

Sigh. Another ugly American.
FYI: I don’t recall where exactly Euro Point of View is from — I think Luxembourg, where German, French & the Germanic dialect Luxembourgish is spoken).
However, in many European languages, including German & French, there are no separate words for “motor” and “engine”. “Motor” is used for both and a descriptive adjective must be used to differentiate types.
In French: le moteur
German: das Motor

You both are on a U.S. website and use English. Go ahead and pull the “ugly American” BS on your own country’s website, not ours.

Your examples, BTW, show that “motor” is used interchangeably, not “engine.” You effectively argued against the use of “engine,” not motor.

Technically, in English, Motor is NOT just electric motors. It includes anything that turns energy into motion. That is why GM is General MOTORS.
OTOH, Engines are basically fueled and combustion based motors.
So, you have it correct, and Get Real is floundering.

Lots of 1st world countries use tarrifs to prevent this very scenario…

Yeah. America simply raises our tariffs to lower levels of China’s and they go ballistic.
Hopefully, Trump does the right thing, but I suspect that he will be bought out by Xi.

Tesla will not export from China. Everything made there will be for China only.
And only a fool would want a car made in China.

They don’t have engines…

Engines?

So will they be producing cars there by the end of this year or not? Still not clear to me…..

If they can set up and test the main production line equipment elsewhere, they could install it at the new building in October/November and do some decent production in December.

That’s definitely NOT what they did with Model 3 and it’s not what companies usually do when they build new factories. But Ford did it with their F-150 lines when they changed over from steel to aluminum.

Actually, that has been the business model that Tesla Automation (formerly grohmann engineering) used long before Tesla bought them. They would build everything off-site, then disassemble and ship to the factory floor. They are very experienced at this.

Tesla didn’t start the Model 3 that way because they hadn’t bought Grohmann yet, but it is how Tesla Automation did the final battery pack robots after Tesla took over from the sub-contractor who failed. So Tesla and Tesla Automation already have some history with doing things this way, and we will likely see more.

I know we’ve heard the estimates for the Chinese factory, but I really want to see how fast they can spin up Gigafactory 1 for Model Y production. Tesla has been uncharacteristically silent on this, wouldn’t it be great if they just announced one day that the lines are all setup and ready to start pre-production testing (dreaming I know, but I think we should hear something soon on this.) Now that the 35k M3 is out everyone should start hounding Musk on twitter to spill some beans on that front.

Actually, it makes sense for Tesla to remain silent about putting the Model Y into production. Tesla’s previous models never would have had much impact on sales of its existing models, but for the Model Y it’s different. We can see just from all the comments posted to InsideEVs that a lot of people would rather have a Model Y than a Model 3. So Tesla is going to want to play things close to its vest about how soon the Model Y will go on sale, to prevent suppression of Model 3 sales.

At least, that’s my read of the situation.

I can see that argument to a certain extent, but it was supposed to be in production by the end of this year if my memory serves correctly, we should be seeing something tangible soon I would think.

How about we let him focus on successfully rolling out the $35K version of the Model 3?


If they can set up and test the main production line equipment elsewhere, they could install it at the new building in October/November and do some decent production in December.”

GA4 (the tent assembly line) Reputedly took three weeks to complete. Hypothetically they could start production in October.

A low speed manual final assembly line like GA4 can indeed be set up very quickly. They want Shanghai to run faster, though, so its final assembly line will be longer and somewhat more sophisticated. The body and paint shops along with the battery module assembly shop are much more involved. GA4 didn’t include any of that.

ehhhhh.
I was under impression that they would install the equipment in late august, early sept and production would start around halloween.

I don’t think it’s clear to anyone, including the people running Tesla. Seems to me that plans regarding the Shanghai Gigafactory are changing on a weekly or perhaps even daily basis.

If they don’t even plan to install the production equipment to produce powertrains and other components (including seats) until March of 2000, then the claim that they will be producing Model 3’s on production lines there before the end of this year is, at best, an exaggeration.

Just my opinion, but it looks to me like the plan is to make some parts and subassemblies at the uncompleted Shanghai Gigafactory later this year, with perhaps some hand-assembly of finished cars using parts shipped from Fremont.

With labor being so much cheaper in China, starting automobile assembly by hand rather than waiting for installation of the full assembly line may actually be a sound business plan.

“If they don’t even plan to install the production equipment to produce powertrains and other components (including seats) until March of 2000, then the claim that they will be producing Model 3’s on production lines there before the end of this year is, at best, an exaggeration.”

They will avoid tariffs and shipping for anything they can build in China. Even if they have to produce fewer vehicles in Fremont to ship some components to Shanghai to support early production, it will save a ton of money.

Good points, thanks! 🙂

Not everything needs to be fabbed in China, Tesla can bring components in from GF1 for starters!

Its full speed ahead. Getting Shanghai Gigafactory 3 operational is key to Tesla’s survival, let alone it’s success. The seat and interior parts can be imported for as long as it takes to get those production facilities up and running smoothly along with the motors. You can see the utter speed with which this is all happening is crucial. Tesla still has the world hanging on it’s every move because competion is coming from Volkswagen and even BMW. This speedy timeline is necessary. What scares every gas car company is this incessant speed with which Tesla is following it’s convictions. Volkswagen may or may not build enough ID Neos, Seat El Borns and ID Crozzes to nudge the Big ICEmakers to respond. I don’t believe Tesla nor Volkswagen alone can move the bar fast enough to keep EVs on he forefront of consumer’s minds. Tesla cannot remain a “premium” car company and change our world. The cars and crossovers have to reach the mainstream Camry, Highlander, Accord and Pilot crowd to succeed. I’m holding my breath as to whether the ID Neo – potential EV replacement to the gas Golf, can be made for $30,000 as Volkswagen asserts. Will VW… Read more »

Tesla is amazing – they shoot to do huge things in six months, then folks get upset when it takes a year. They still have accomplished the huge thing.

The other manufacturers promise a new vehicle in 2-3 years. If they actually deliver it’s available in very small numbers.

So true! – And, they build these small batch EVs on ICE platforms with big fake grilles and long hoods. The whole point is not to lose too much money in the process while satisfying the regulators on both sides of the pond.

ICE platforms = stuffing power electronics, motors and batterys into nooks and crannies wherever they can. ICE platforms so they can build each EV on the same production line with thousands more ICE versions. It’s truly pathetic that lots of people seem to still want to compare these overpriced big station wagons with 2 rows to Teslas that have 3 rows of seats and outperform the “modular” EVs in efficiency, utility and performance.