Tesla Gigafactory 3 on track to break China’s record for fastest factory buildout

Back in the middle of March, workers at Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in China commemorated the first pillar that was set up on the site. Just over a month after, Gigafactory 3 is literally taking shape, with sections of Tesla’s expected general assembly building being built in an incredibly rapid manner. The speed of Gigafactory 3’s construction has become so remarkable; it could potentially a record in China.

In a recent post on Weibo, Chang Yan CY, Senior Editor of Tencent Auto, noted that the fastest construction time for an industrial-grade facility like Gigafactory 3 had been 17 months. Tesla’s Shanghai-based plant is on track to potentially break this already-impressive record. The rapid pace of the facility’s construction could be seen in images taken of the site over the past few months. When Elon Musk attended the site’s groundbreaking event back in January, Tesla skeptics mocked the site for looking like a “swamp.” Just over a hundred days since then, a large, very legitimate factory is rising on the site.



Images from a recent flyover of Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 site in Shanghai, China. (Credit: Chang Yan CY/Weibo)

Part of the reason behind Gigafactory 3’s incredible construction speed is the urgency of the project, with Tesla CEO Elon Musk aiming to start Model 3 production by the end of the year. Shanghai official Chen Mingbo highlighted this urgency in March, urging Tesla and its construction partner to finish the initial Phase 1 buildout by May. 

To make such an aggressive timetable into reality, Tesla and its construction partner are operating 24/7 on Gigafactory 3’s buildout. The nonstop work on the site has been a real difference maker, allowing some sections of the Phase 1 area to enter the roof paving stage roughly a month after the first pillar of the factory was built.



Images from a recent flyover of Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 site in Shanghai, China. (Credit: Chang Yan CY/Weibo)

After the initial construction of the Phase 1 area in May, the Gigafactory 3 site will reportedly undergo ground hardening in June. These will be followed by pipeline communication, equipment stationing, equipment commissioning, and trial production runs, which could reportedly start as early as September if no issues arise. Each of these steps is estimated to last around 1-2 months.

Gigafactory 3 is an incredibly important part of Tesla’s global ramp, considering that China represents the world’s largest auto market. Tesla plans to produce affordable versions of the Model 3 sedan and the Model Y SUV in the Shanghai-based facility, which will allow the company to offer the vehicles to the Chinese market without being weighed down by import tariffs. With Gigafactory 3, Tesla can compete on even ground against local electric car manufacturers, hopefully allowing the Silicon Valley-based company to tap into the country’s lucrative auto market.

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