When Tesla first announced plans for a new factory in Shanghai, the automaker was targeting the first phase of production of 150,000 Model 3 vehicles per year.
The automaker has already reached this production rate.
In its results for the first quarter of 2020 last month, Tesla announced that it is now striving to achieve production of 4,000 cars per week by mid-2020.
Tao Lin, vice president of Tesla China, said the goal would be reached next month in a new interview with Xinhua:
Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory is also one of the first auto manufacturing plants in China to resume production. Tao Lin said the plant is currently producing smoothly and the target of 4,000 vehicles per week will be reached in June this year, which means that actual production would exceed the nominal capacity of the super-factory. first floor with an annual production of 150,000 units.
4,000 units per week would allow Tesla to produce approximately 200,000 electric cars per year at the plant.
The Tesla executive also shed light on the schedule for bringing Model Y to China.
Tao Lin says the Model Y electric SUVs will launch at Gigafactory Shanghai in the first quarter of 2021:
Tao Lin said that the second phase of the Super Factory is also going very well. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year and mass production of the Model Y models is scheduled for the first quarter of next year. It was only more than a year after Tesla founder Musk announced the launch of the Model Y manufacturing project in Shanghai on January 7 this year, to refresh “Tesla Speed” again.
As we recently reported, Tesla is currently building giant buildings next to its existing factory to make room for the Model Y production lines.
The new buildings are likely to double the current size of Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai.
Tesla has adopted a new vehicle introduction strategy for the Model Y. Unlike previous vehicle programs, which have been launched in different markets with vehicles imported from Tesla’s Fremont plant in California, Tesla does not introduce the model Only enter new markets once the vehicle is produced there.
For Europe, this means that potential buyers will have to wait until Gigafactory Berlin is operational, which is currently scheduled for the summer of 2021.
In China, it now seems that the calendar is faster: Q1 2021.
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