Elon Musk He was very clear about where he wanted to open his first factory abroad. The American businessman’s plans are to accelerate the production of his cars around the world while conquering new territories. China has become the world reference for electric mobility. Right now, there is no better place to manufacture than there. Their workflow is unbeatable and, in fact, the costs are extremely low. Tesla is not the only one that has representation in the country, but it is the one that takes advantage of the best situation. The Shanghai Gigafactory is working at a record pace.
Musk himself officially inaugurated the facilities at the end of 2019 after one of the fastest construction in the memory of the industry. Less than 12 months between the laying of the first stone and the start of the activity. During the first year, production was focused only on the Tesla Model 3, but, at the end of 2020, the Model Y plays and, since then, the turbulent activity has not abated. A year ago the workers in China celebrated the production of one million units. Now they have managed to double the number.
Taken at the Gigafactory almost three years to reach the first million vehicles assembled, especially 33 months from the official start of operations. The next million significantly shortened deadlines. To put the excellent work of the Chinese plant in a little context, Tesla recently celebrated the production of five million units worldwide. If Shanghai continues to work at this pace, by the end of the year its production could represent 50% of the company’s total production history. All in just four years of history.
Although the numbers say otherwise, Tesla assures that the production capacity of the Asian Gigafactory is 750,000 units per year, but the reality is very different. If we consider the actual 12-month cycle, the plant works at a higher rate, about 935,000 units per year. It should be noted that a few months ago the plant paralyzed part of its production before the arrival of the new Tesla Model 3. The sedan was presented just a few days ago at the Munich Motor Show, but its production is scheduled already for the Chinese plant.
Currently, most of the manufacturing is focused on the Tesla Model Y. The American electric SUV has managed to establish itself as one of the best-selling cars in the world and the most popular electric car in the entire market. , followed by the Model 3 Tesla has plans to expand activity at the Chinese plant, as well as other plants around the world, including the Berlin Gigafactory. In a few years, the new factory in Mexico will add millions of units produced to the collection. The jobs have already started, although it will not be done as quickly as the Chinese.