Recent drone flybys and images taken from Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 complex in Shanghai, China, reveal that some sections of the massive electric car production facility have entered the initial tooling stage. These updates come amidst the electric car maker’s renewed efforts at opening new job listings for the upcoming factory.
Footage taken by drone operator Wuwa Vision (烏瓦) shows that most of the work in Gigafactory 3 is currently happening in the facility’s interior. Cement trucks could be seen entering and leaving the facility, suggesting that sections of the factory are currently being paved with concrete. Images taken by Tesla enthusiast and DongXii.com founder Marcel Münch, who recently visited Shanghai, also revealed that machinery is already being installed in some sections of the Gigafactory 3 complex.
A close look at Münch’s pictures of the structure near the main vehicle production facility, for one, reveals Bosch equipment being installed in the building. The DongXii.com founder also mentioned that workers in the site are currently aiming to complete the preparations for Gigafactory 3’s operations sometime in August. This is well in line with the more optimistic speculations for the facility, which suggest that electric car production could begin as early as September.
Tesla, for its part, is showing signs that it is ramping its Chinese workforce. Fresh off a massively successful job fair, the company has announced a new set of job openings for the electric car production facility. Considering that Tesla was overwhelmed by the sheer number of applicants in its previous job fair, there is a good chance that the electric car maker will not have any issues filling in the new positions it recently added for Gigafactory 3.
The rise of Gigafactory 3 has been incredibly rapid. In just a matter of six months, Tesla and China’s workforce were able to transform a large plot of land into an industrial area where a large electric car production facility is taking shape. This pace is incredibly impressive; so much so that the facility has the potential to set a record in China for the fastest car factory buildout.
Gigafactory 3 is a crucial component of Tesla’s operations in China, being the facility that will be responsible for producing affordable variants of the Model 3 and Model Y for the local market. Tesla has opened pre-orders for the Made-in-China Model 3 recently, and despite the vehicle’s higher-than-expected starting price of RMB 328,000 (~$47,400), the electric car maker appears to have received a fair amount of reservations for the Gigafactory 3-produced vehicle nonetheless. Just hours after opening pre-orders for the electric sedan, for example, Tesla’s China website experienced slowdowns, before crashing from the online traffic being directed on the site.
Watch Gigafactory 3’s continued progress in the video below.