Tesla Now Hiring For Factory In Shanghai

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Contrary to naysayers’ beliefs, it appears that the upcoming Tesla factory in Shanghai will become a reality.

We’ve known for some time that Tesla was making plans to build a factory in China. However, much red tape surrounding policy has seemed to slow progress on the venture. Then, about a month ago, the automaker signed official documents with the local government agreeing to the upcoming $2 billion project.

Now, according to job postings found on the automaker’s website, hiring for the factory has already started. The number of available positions is still minimal at this point. Reuters reported that most of these initial job openings are for candidates with six or more years of experience seeking senior-level positions. A total of 14 positions are currently being filled. Two such jobs include a senior finance manager and an architectural designer.

Shanghai’s 21st Century Herald newspaper revealed that advertising for the upcoming positions is already underway and has been for a number of days. However, Tesla has yet to respond to Reuters’ inquiry on the subject.

Tesla has publicized that it intends to manufacture its first vehicles at the plant about two years after construction begins. Following the preliminary stages, the company hopes to push production to upwards of 500,000 vehicles per year two to three years later. If all proceeds well, this plan will more than double Tesla’s current global vehicle manufacturing output.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke briefly about the project during the automaker’s recent earnings call. He verified that the company will fund the venture with local debt.

Source: Reuters

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The thing to keep in mind is that Tesla announcing the location itself represents a fairly advanced point in planning.

Just like how Amazon is shopping for locations for their new site, Tesla would have shopped locations against each other with a fully developed set of site details, down to infrastructure requirements, etc. Then they would have taken that fully developed plan to different gov’t entities in China and let them pitch their location’s benefits. The same way cities are pitching to Amazon.

The final announcement of the location means Tesla has already deeply into the design and infrastructure planning. Some people mistakenly believe that finding the site was the first step. Then they have to start planning everything else. Reality is exactly the opposite.

No need to look to Amazon I’d say — it was the same approach for the Gigafactory 1 I’m sure?

The GOP says the rich are job creators, they create them in China.

While the Chinese rich create them in the US… Welcome to globalisation.

The entire Chinese middle class was funded and created by tax cuts being used to outsource jobs and factories to China.

Back when corporate taxes were high, making a cash profit was the very last thing a CEO wanted to do. Instead they sunk all their free cash right back into building their company. More factories, more inventory, more machinery, hiring more workers, etc. That was much better for the company than paying a bunch of taxes and losing that money.

Then they cut taxes and building company equity was replace by corporate raiders draining companies of assets, taking profits out of the company, and firing workers. All while sending their tax cut dollars overseas to pay for poor quality products built by the lowest Chinese bidders.

How much ground area will be allocated to the Shanghai Gigafactory?

It must be more than the Gigafactory in Nevada, because at the Shanghai Gigafactory they will be producing battery cells and battery packs, AND ALSO EV’s!

Not necessarily. It’s probably necessary to put an auto assembly plant all on the ground floor, but I don’t see why manufacturing of something as small as EV battery cells needs to be on the ground floor. Tesla might build up this time, instead of building out as they have at Gigafactory 1 where land is very cheap.

Of course, you may turn out to be right. Just pointing out there is at least one other possibility.

Though I do like your idea, but still I do think that the whole production process will be done on the ground floor.

The structure of the building would have to be a lot more solid (and expensive), in order to allow to have the production of batteries (cells and packs) literally on top of the vehicle production plant.

“The structure of the building would have to be a lot more solid (and expensive)…”

That’s true. I suggest, therefore, that the relevant questions here are:

1. Is it more expensive to buy more land near Shanghai, or to build a stronger building?

2. How strongly must a large industrial building in Shanghai be built, to withstand the monsoon winds?

Taking more risk (higher building) to avoid the more expensive option (expensive land), might not be a good idea in the long term.

Space should not be a limiting factor.

On the other hand, they can also decide to build a second Gigafactory in China, instead of expanding the production capacity of the first Gigafactory in China.

Benz said: “How much ground area will be allocated to the Shanghai Gigafactory?”


I don’t think it will be as big as Nevada. For 500,000 Model 3 and Model Y, they shouldn’t need more than some 30 or maybe 35 GWh per year — which is what the Nevada plant is supposed to produce by the end of this year, while only having about a third of it’s totally planned footprint… Add to that maybe two thirds of the Fremont factory, and I think it’s still less than the planned final size of the Nevada Gigafactory.

Given the difficulty that Tesla is having with space at Fremont, I suspect they’ll be building future Gigafactories with an eye toward future expansion. I doubt they’ll limit it to just barely big enough to meet the current needs of the Chinese market, or even Tesla’s entire Asian market.

Of course, they might well build it like the Nevada Gigafactory: build it in modules, for easy expansion as necessary.

Yes, that’s what I was thinking.

They might need to increase production in the future.

That was my initial thought when I asked about the ground area.

Tesla could grab a substantial share of the EV market in China, if they would be able to produce more EV models in China.

Imagine the substantially lower prices of the Model S and the Model X. They would obviously sell a lot more of them in China.

I not found the model c presentation anounce

“Model C” is just an idea somebody had for an “artist’s conception” render, and they pasted the name “Tesla” on it to get more attention.

Sadly, that clickety-bate tactic worked.