To say that Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai is being built at a rapid pace is an understatement. Since the first pillar of the general assembly building was installed in the middle of March, the entire Gigafactory 3 complex has undergone a drastic transformation. The site was but a muddy field in January, but this July, it has become a notable industrial area.
A recent flyover from Tesla enthusiast and drone operator Wuwa Vision (烏瓦) on YouTube has revealed some of the most recent developments in the Gigafactory 3 site. Much of the work in the site is currently being done inside the main factory, but some operations is still ongoing in the facility’s exterior, which is now being refined. Images from the flyover show workers paving the roof with concrete, while finishings in other sections of the facility are being done.
Reports from local media have also mentioned that Tesla is continuing its hiring efforts for Gigafactory 3, which is expected to be operational by the end of this year. Over the course of several job fairs, Tesla has reportedly hired a notable number of workers, including those from other automakers such as Volvo and General Motors. With these efforts, Tesla is building up a workforce that is skilled and experienced in China’s auto industry.
The multiple job fairs that Tesla has been holding for Gigafactory 3 suggest that the electric car maker is expecting the facility to start operations sooner rather than later. Elon Musk has stated that he expects the facility to start manufacturing the Model 3 sometime before the end of the year, though local reports from China have pointed to the possibility of production activities beginning as early as September.
Other sections of the Gigafactory 3 complex are also being built at an incredibly fast pace. A substation, which is expected to be completed by September, is currently being built southwest of Gigafactory 3’s general assembly building. Structures that appear to be dormitories for employees and assembly areas for events have also been set up on the site.
For his part, Ma Chunlei, Deputy Secretary-General of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and Director of Shanghai Development and Reform Commission, expects Gigafactory 3 to produce 3,000 vehicles per week when it starts hitting volume production, possibly early next year. The Shanghai official’s target timeframe seems quite optimistic considering that Tesla, when it opened pre-orders for the Made-in-China Model 3 at the end of May, quoted an estimated 6-10 months before the first deliveries of the all-electric sedan will begin.
Watch a recent flyover of Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 complex in the video below.