Tesla China’s battery facility shell nears completion as Model 3 fleet assembles in GF3

Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in China may still be waiting for its final approvals before it could start delivering the locally-produced Model 3, but the construction activities in the Shanghai-based complex are still moving at an accelerated pace. The electric car maker’s battery facility shell is almost done, for one, and a growing fleet of Model 3 has recently been spotted in GF3’s parking lots.

Recent footage from drone operator Wuwa Vision revealed that Gigafactory 3’s Phase 1 zone is fully complete and refined. Its grounds are fully paved, its roads are painted, and even the grass surrounding the factory have been planted. Multiple Teslas parked around the general assembly building could also be seen in the recent video. 

Yet, perhaps the most impressive aspect of the recent flyover was the fact that Gigafactory 3’s Phase 2 area, which is allotted for battery module production, is progressing well. Its factory shell is nearing completion, with Phase 2’s roofing almost complete and the building’s walls now being laid. The battery facility is notably smaller than the vehicle assembly building in the Phase 1 area, but it is a pretty massive building in its own right. 

This is particularly impressive considering that work on Phase 2 only seemed to have started in late Q3 2019. In early September, the entire Phase 2 zone was only comprised of a plot of land with some digging going on. But around 12 weeks after that, a massive factory shell is now nearing completion. That’s not bad at all, considering that Tesla was also busy refining Gigafactory 3’s Model 3 production lines during this time. 

Apart from the stunning progress of Phase 2, a growing fleet of Made-in-China Model 3 was also sighted in the parking lot in between the general assembly building and the upcoming battery facility. Based on the drone flyover, it appears that there are over a hundred Model 3s parked in Gigafactory 3’s parking lots when the footage was taken. Considering that Tesla has already received a mass-production license from the Chinese government, there is a good chance that more Model 3s are being produced in the facility. 

Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 is a key difference-maker in the electric car maker’s efforts at breaching the local Chinese market. China hosts the world’s largest EV market, and having a local factory producing vehicles for local car buyers would likely play in Tesla’s favor, as it would allow the company to reduce its Model 3 costs in the country while helping the nation achieve its aggressive sustainability goals. 

Watch Wuwa Vision‘s latest drone flyover in the video below. 

Simon Alvarez

Simon is a reporter with a passion for electric cars and clean energy. Fascinated by the world envisioned by Elon Musk, he hopes to make it to Mars (at least as a tourist) someday.

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