Photos & # 39; s thought to be made in Tesla & # 39; s $ 2 billion & # 39; Gigafactory & # 39; in China have revealed the remarkably rapid progress on the site that could already do pilot production.
The construction of the plant has been in full swing since January in Lingang area, a high-end production park in the southeastern port of Shanghai.
In a post shared yesterday on social media, four photos revealed the high-tech interior of the factory and suggested that the company was already working on runs of Tesla's Model 3.
New aerial photos also showed the huge site that seems to be almost finished with a large white building that dominates the 864,885 square meter plot that now has walls and a roof.
Photos taken in April showed this huge space and another building as just steel structures, with dozens of cranes scattered throughout the site.
Photos that were thought to have been taken at Tesla's $ 2 billion gigafab factory in Shanghai have shown that the company appears to be conducting test production only eight months after the start of construction work on the site
Shells from multiple cars can be seen on a production line in a huge open space that is covered with machines
New aerial photos taken yesterday from the Gigafactory in Shanghai revealed how quickly the huge site took shape. The production line is expected to start at the end of this year
The huge white building, pictured yesterday, that dominates the 864,885 square meter plot, now has walls and a roof, while smaller buildings have also appeared
Twitter user and Tesla fan Vincent, whose bio also revealed that he is a shareholder in the company, shared four images allegedly from the factory.
Shells from multiple cars can be seen on a production line in a huge open space that is covered with machines.
Tesla fans have also suggested that the first Model 3 car made in China could be made very quickly, and perhaps even at the Shanghai World Artificial Intelligence Conference starting tomorrow, reports Teslarati.
Chen Mingbo, official of the city of Shanghai, said in March that the factory's assembly workshop was expected to be completed in May, and added that part of the factory's production line would be operational by the end of the year .
In April, Jerome Guillen, President of Automotive at Tesla, met with Shanghai Deputy Mayor, Wu Qing, to discuss construction progress, logistics logistics and future development plans, according to a statement from the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce.
Twitter user and Tesla fan Vincent, whose bio also revealed that he is a shareholder of the company, shared the images on Tuesday
Tesla did not disclose how much they paid for the land, but the Shanghai Bureau of Planning and Land Resources revealed in October 2018 that a plot of 864,885 square meters was sold at auction for a price of 973 million yuan ($ 140.51 million) )
A huge building with more than 50 places for trucks now seems to be almost complete and there are considerably fewer building materials on the site than compared to photos of the April area
The project, with an investment of more than 50 billion yuan (US $ 7 billion), is the largest production project invested abroad in the history of Shanghai and the first Tesla plant outside the United States. The Gigafactory site was shown yesterday
Ees Musk, CEO of Tesla, has previously said he hopes that the Shanghai plant, shown on Saturday, will be built in the cord time & # 39;
A construction worker told the Global Times on condition of anonymity that the plant will complete construction in July or August at the speed that workers reached.
Tesla plans to use the 500,000 vehicle capacity installation to produce basic versions of Model 3 and later also Model Y.
The project, with an investment of more than 50 billion yuan (US $ 7 billion), is the largest production project invested abroad in the history of Shanghai and the first Tesla plant outside the United States.
& # 39; We think we can build the Shanghai Gigafactory with the resources here in record time and we look forward to hopefully have a first production of the Model 3 by the end of this year and to realize volume production next year & # 39 , Eles Musk, CEO of Tesla said during the groundbreaking ceremony in January.
& # 39; Affordable cars must be made on the same continent as customers & # 39 ;, Musk wrote on Twitter prior to the event.
It may take about two years to build a fully-fledged car assembly plant, but the government of Shanghai has supported the Tesla project, which is China's first car plant to be wholly foreign-owned and reflect the wider government shift to auto market.
The Gigafactory site made rapid progress until April, pictured four months ago, since the official site broke in January
The foundation work for piles on the plot of 864,885 square meters was completed in April and the officials started the construction of the steel structure of the factory. Multiple sets of steel roof grilles were also installed
Chen Mingbo, official of the city of Shanghai, said in March that the factory's assembly workshop is expected to be completed in May. The site is shown in April
A construction worker told Global Times on condition of anonymity that the factory (pictured in April) will complete the construction in July or August. The operation is expected to start at the end of this year
The local production of cars is also likely to help Tesla minimize the impact of the Sino-US trade war, forcing the car manufacturer to lower the prices of its US-made cars in China – which is becoming increasingly important As the company attempts to mitigate the softening, it becomes demand in the United States.
Apart from the trade war, the car manufacturer is building the factory in a car market that was probably contracted for the first time in decades last year.
However, the sale of so-called new energy vehicles (NEVs) – a category that includes Tesla's battery-powered cars – remains strong in a country where the government wants to move completely from combustion-powered vehicles.
Tesla plans to use the 500,000 vehicle capacity installation to produce basic versions of Model 3 and later also Model Y. The site was depicted in April when the buildings were just metal frames
Before: An aerial photo taken on January 3 shows the bare terrain of 864,885 square meters for the groundbreaking ceremony
Tesla bought the plot at the end of last year and did not disclose how much they had paid for it. However, the Shanghai Bureau of Planning and Land Resources revealed in October that a piece of land of 864,885 square meters had been sold at auction for a price of 973 million yuan ($ 140.51 million).
Tesla signed the deal with the Shanghai authorities in July 2018 to open the plant with an annual capacity of 500,000 cars.
The Elon Musk car company already has a Gigafactory on Electric Avenue in Sparks, Nevada. The factory name comes from & # 39; giga & # 39 ;, a unit of measurement that represents billions.
One gigawatt hour is the equivalent of generating one billion watts during one hour – one million times that of one kilowatt hour. Tesla expected the factory to produce 35 gigawatt hours of batteries by 2018.
Once completed in 2020, the plant will become one of the largest buildings in the world, with a final size of 10 million square feet. It was built in phases so that production could start immediately.
The project, with an investment of more than US $ 7 billion, is the largest production project invested abroad in the history of Shanghai. Depicted are two employees who make progress at the factory in April
It may take about two years to build a fully-fledged car factory (shown in April), but the government of Shanghai has supported the Tesla project, which is China's first car factory wholly foreign-owned.
Sales of so-called new energy vehicles (NEVs) – a category that includes Tesla's battery-powered cars – remain strong in China, where the government wants to get rid of combustion-powered vehicles. The site is shown in April
Eles Musk, CEO of Tesla and Chinese officials announced the start of construction at the Shanghai site on January 7, 2019
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