Tesla is just months away from its aggressive goal of starting production at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai in Q4 and is now starting work on the substation to power the new factory, Electrek.com reported.
Gigafactory 3 is Tesla’s first manufacturing facility in China and it’s also the first electric vehicle factory wholly-owned by a foreign automaker in the country.
As the trade war between China and the US keeps getting more complicated, it’s becoming more important than ever for Tesla to have manufacturing capacity in China. They have been moving extremely fast to get Gigafactory 3 ready, the report said.
About 7 months ago, Tesla announced a deal with the Shanghai government to build a wholly owned local factory and only about 5 months ago, they secured the 210-acres of land for Gigafactory 3. They officially broke ground in January and plan to be done with the building by this summer.
Gigafactory 3 has started installing production equipment, a construction worker at the site told the Global Times on Sunday.
Liu Dingding, a Beijing-based veteran industry analyst, told the Global Times that based on his information, Tesla should have “no problem” to meet its production timetable.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has disclosed that the Gigafactory 3 should start producing Model 3s around the end of this year and should start mass production in 2020.
Liu forecast that orders for the domestically produced Tesla model 3 will be huge, given the popularity of imported Tesla vehicles.
“Tesla is still one of the most competitive brands in the industry,” Liu said. “There’s no doubt that the domestically produced Tesla will have strong appeal, especially if there is further price cuts.”
Similar to the rapid buildout of Gigafactory 3, the construction of the substation is also moving at a rapid pace. The building only started construction recently, but some parts of the substation are already taking form.
Considering the speed that has been exhibited by the workforce so far, it seems likely that Gigafactory 3’s power station will be online sometime in September or October.
In recent years, new energy vehicles have been taking market share from traditional vehicles, and Tesla is likely to seize the opportunity to set up more factories to cater to this increasing demand, Liu told the Global Times.
“Tesla may open more factories in other cities in China, if all goes well for the Shanghai factory,” Liu noted. “By the look of things now, there is a good chance that Tesla will need more than the Shanghai plant to take up market share in China.”