The first phase of Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in China may just be waiting for its final approvals to begin mass production of the Model 3, but other projects in the Shanghai-based site are still being built at a very rapid rate. This is notably prominent in the Phase 2 area, where a battery facility is currently being built.
Just weeks ago, Gigafactory 3’s Phase 2 zone was filled only with pillars and the first roof trusses for the upcoming facility. In a recent flyover, drone operator and Tesla enthusiast Jason Yang captured footage of the area, revealing that the entire battery facility’s roof trusses have been completely laid out. The first parts of the building’s roofing were already being built as well.
This bodes well for Tesla’s upcoming vehicle production operations in Gigafactory 3. Local speculations are currently suggesting that the factory shell of Gigafactory 3’s battery facility is on track to be completed by the end of the year, which is less than two months from now. This may sound implausible considering time constraints, but Tesla’s construction partner in China has proven to always be up to the task when it comes to meeting aggressive targets.
This was shown in the buildout of the Phase 1 area, which corresponded primarily to the vehicle general assembly building that houses the production equipment for the Model 3. Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted during Gigafactory 3’s groundbreaking ceremony that he believes the assembly building can start Model 3 trial production by the end of the year, and so far, this goal has been leapfrogged. Trial Model 3 production runs started in October, two months ahead of Musk’s already-aggressive goal.
Apart from the massive progress in the Phase 2 zone, also notable in Yang’s recent flyover was the presence of more than two dozen Made-in-China Model 3 around the grounds of Gigafactory 3. The entire Phase 1 section has also been finished, and the roads surrounding the massive general assembly building have been paved and painted as well. Overall, Gigafactory 3’s Phase 1 area looks practically picture-perfect at this point, and it invokes the idea that the facility is ready to crank out thousands of Model 3 per week once it hits its stride.
Tesla Gigafactory is currently waiting for the final approvals from the Chinese government for the production of the Model 3. Once these are secured, manufacturing operations in the Phase 1 zone could begin. Elon Musk has been quite tight-lipped about Gigafactory 3’s target Model 3 production rate once it begins its operations, though Global VP Grace Tao has noted in a statement that the electric car maker will be pushing for a rate of 3,000 Model 3 per week to start.
Watch Jason Yang’s recent Tesla Gigafactory 3 drone flyover in the video below.