Tesla Global Vice President Grace Tao recently noted in an interview that Gigafactory 3 is mostly complete, and that deliveries of vehicles produced in the facility are set to begin by the end of this year. Recent reports have now emerged suggesting that the massive Shanghai-based electric car factory could come to life as early as the end of September, barring any unexpected delays.
Footage from Tesla enthusiast and drone operator Wuwa Vision (烏瓦) have revealed that the construction of Gigafactory 3’s substation is progressing smoothly. The building, which will power the expansive complex, has reportedly entered the later phases of its construction. Based on recent videos of the site, the southwest substation’s shell appears to be nearly complete, and parts of its interior are already being tooled.
Cabling from the substation to the greater Gigafactory 3 site is expected to be completed in September. Once this is complete, the substation will have the capability to transmit power to the rest of the Gigafactory 3 complex, which means that it will likely start powering the general assembly building as well. Provided that Tesla and its construction partners finish the installation and debugging of the Model 3 production equipment in the facility by this time, Gigafactory 3 could go live by the end of September.
The idea of Gigafactory 3 starting operations in September has been hinted at by local Chinese media previously. While Elon Musk stated during Gigafactory 3’s groundbreaking ceremony that the facility will likely begin trial production runs of the Model 3 by the end of December, the rapid progress of the site suggests that these initial manufacturing runs could begin much earlier than expected.
It should be noted that Gigafactory 3 will embody the best production technologies that Tesla has developed over the years. This was hinted at by the Global VP in her recent interview, when she mentioned that the electric car production facility will include new innovations that the company has developed during the Model 3 ramp. These innovations will likely allow Tesla to escape difficulties such as Elon Musk’s “production hell,” which the company had to face during the Model 3’s ramp in the United States.
Gigafactory 3 is expected to manufacture affordable versions of the Model 3 for the Chinese market, though the company has noted that it will also be producing the Model Y in the facility. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is expected to pay a visit to the Gigafactory 3 complex at the end of August, following his participation at the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai.
Watch the latest flyover of the Gigafactory 3 site in the video below.