In a statement on Tuesday, Tesla’s Global Vice President Grace Tao revealed that Gigafactory 3 is mostly complete. The VP also noted that at its current pace, the Shanghai-based electric car production facility is on track to start deliveries of the Made-in-China Model 3 by the end of this year.
The Tesla executive also mentioned that production equipment has been transported to the massive facility, and are currently undergoing installation and debugging. Perhaps most interestingly, the VP mentioned that the manufacturing process of the Model 3 in Gigafactory 3 will include new innovations.
Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 is the largest foreign-invested manufacturing project in Shanghai’s history to date. Remarkably, the electric car production facility could very well be only one of many, as a report from local news agency ECNS News stated that Gigafactory 3 is the first of over a hundred projects that are intended to open up Shanghai to international investors.
In an interview with Chinese media, Tao also mentioned several details about the Lingang area, where Gigafactory 3 is located. According to the executive, the recent formal inclusion of the area to Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone has the potential to usher in more breakthroughs in technology, policy environment, and business environment for Tesla’s Chinese operations.
Perhaps most interestingly, Tao also spoke of more reasonable tax rates from the Chinese government, which, in turn, will allow Tesla to put more resources for its operations in the area. She also hinted at an expansion of Tesla’s activities, including initiatives that go beyond the production of all-electric cars, as well as innovations that can be implemented to the company’s existing operations.
“Tesla is not just a car company, but also a high-tech company, & there may be other expansions (different field). Shanghai Lingang has enough space and structure for Tesla’s dream in China,” she said.
Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 is being constructed at an incredibly rapid rate, with reports suggesting that the facility could start trial production runs of the Model 3 as early as September. This is immensely impressive, considering that it has only been ten months since Gigafactory 3’s land grant contract was signed, and only seven months since the actual construction of the general assembly building began.
Earlier this week, Gigafactory 3 received its first comprehensive acceptance certificate following an inspection from government representatives, paving a clear path for the electric car maker to start producing vehicles on the site. It should be noted that the certificate was granted to the electric car maker just three days after an application for the inspection was filed, setting a new approval timing record from the local government.