Elon Musk is a true surprise element in the media as he frequently says and does things that seem truly far-fetched at first until they turn into groundbreaking innovations.
He is quirky, unique and his media presence is full of unexpected revelations as well as plenty of ups and downs.
He is not your standard CEO - we know it, you know it and the world knows it. 2018 was full of such surprising announcements by Musk and 2019 will definitely be no different.
In July 2018, we saw Musk’s plans to build a manufacturing plant of Tesla in Shanghai, a project that is well underway today.
Earlier this week, Tesla CEO attended the incredible ceremony of the Shanghai Gigafactory of Tesla revealing new possibilities and strategies for the future of this Chinese manufacturing plant.
As shared by an ever-excited Musk on the ceremony, “This will be the most advanced Tesla Gigafactory. With resources here, we are able to build this factory in record time, and we are hoping to have initial production of Tesla Model 3 toward the end of the year and volume production next year.”
Tesla’s Plans in The Chinese Territory
This new manufacturing plant of the American company has been under construction for a few months now. Musk’s plan includes making at least half a million cars on a yearly basis in China.
This number is only expected to be doubled in the subsequent years, which is huge given that the United States produces less than half the number every year.
The initial construction work is set to be completed by this summer after which, Tesla will focus on manufacturing the Model 3 as Christmas 2019 approaches.
News reveals that this is going to be the cheapest version Tesla will ever produce in its impressive repertoire of vehicles.
The construction of the factory has been taking place in the Lingang Industrial Zone of Shanghai, and the Chinese government believes this is the most massive foreign investment Shanghai has seen in the field of manufacturing.
Musk aims to build affordable cars for the city although Tesla will continue manufacturing pricier versions for global markets in America.
As Musk tweeted, “Shanghai Giga output is just for greater China, not North America. Affordable cars must be made on the same continent as customers.”
Social Media Reactions on The News
The social media reactions have been quite optimistic as fans and conglomerates eagerly look forward to this groundbreaking project to begin.
In this regard, the official China Xinhua News @XHNews tweeted, “U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Inc. on Monday broke ground on its Shanghai factory, becoming the first to benefit from a new policy allowing foreign carmakers to set up wholly-owned subsidiaries in China.”
The news also demonstrated a video where Musk looks over the moon about this new Tesla development and says that this will be the biggest and most advanced Gigafactory not just in Shanghai but the world over.
This is Tesla’s first-ever overseas Gigafactory, and it will cover an area of about 864,885 square meters. It is also expected to produce Tesla Model Y and Model 3 cars for the people of Shanghai at cost-effective prices.
Musk’s happy dance at the Shanghai ceremony definitely seems justified right now!
U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Inc. on Monday broke ground on its Shanghai factory, becoming the first to benefit from a new policy allowing foreign carmakers to set up wholly-owned subsidiaries in China pic.twitter.com/LG9O5TLP3O— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) January 7, 2019