The construction of Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in China continues to show rapid progress, with numerous workers on the site seemingly focusing on paving large sections of the upcoming general assembly building’s roof. Work in taller sections of the facility also hints at the construction of what could very well be Gigafactory 3’s stamping area.
Previous flyovers of the Gigafactory 3 lot conducted by China-based drone operator Wuwa Vision (烏瓦) revealed that roof trusses are being built in several sections of the site. The operator’s latest video shows that these sections have spread significantly to other areas of the factory, and more of the finished trusses are now being paved. Looking at the roofing of Gigafactory 3 from the air, one cannot help but see similarities to Gigafactory 1 in Nevada when its roofing was under construction.
While most of the work on the site filmed by the drone operator revealed a particular focus on Gigafactory 3’s roof, other areas of the Phase 1 project are beginning to look more refined as well. The taller sections of the facility, which are represented by a steel framework that is several stories high, now look more detailed. Heavy equipment have also been deployed in the area.
Neither Tesla nor its construction partner in China has announced exactly what these taller areas will be once the Phase 1 buildout is complete, but speculations among the Tesla community suggest that the section might be allotted for stamping considering its size and height. Excavations are even underway in the area, possibly to make enough space for heavy presses, which are large machines that require a lot of space.
The recent flyover of Gigafactory 3 ultimately shows a project that is starting to look more and more like a car factory. This is impressive, particularly as work on the Gigafactory 3 buildout started only a few months ago. Elon Musk attended the groundbreaking event for the facility in early January, and since then, Tesla and its construction partner have transformed a section of a large, muddy field into an industrial area where an impressive electric car factory is taking shape.
The speed of Gigafactory 3’s buildout is already pretty insane by Western standards, but work on the facility might get even more expedited in the coming weeks. Last month, Shanghai official Chen Mingbo called for the Phase 1 buildout to be finished in May, which is just a few weeks from today. Once Phase 1 is complete, Tesla is expected to start preparing the site for the installation of electric car manufacturing equipment. Tesla Model 3 production at Gigafactory 3 is expected to begin sometime this year.
Watch Gigafactory 3’s latest progress in the video below.
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Author: Simon Alvarez