Tesla Begins Trial Assembly of Model 3 in its Shanghai Gigafactory 3

Leaked images show trials of mass production of the Model 3.

A leaked image seems to show that Tesla is conducting trial assembly runs of its Model 3 sedan in Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China.

The image, which shows a partially built Model 3 in the Shanghai-based facility, was posted on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.

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Leaked information

The leaker, Weibo user 常岩, is the chief auto editor of Tencent Auto.

As Teslarati reports, the description in his post translates as: “The Model 3 of the Tesla Shanghai plant has started to go up the assembly line.”

These are the first images of the painted Model 3 units, inside Gigafactory 3. 

Production goals

As Teslarati points out, Tesla's goal of starting Model 3 production from Gigafactory 3 is starting to look more realistic. With preparations for Phase 2 construction already underway, the electric vehicle company might hit a Model 3 production rate of 1,000 to 2,000 vehicles per week earlier than anticipated.

Another indication that Model 3 production is on course is that people who preordered the car in China are starting to see tutorial videos on the Tesla app.

Tesla originally opened pre-orders for the Model 3 in China at the end of May. Typically first deliveries occur 6 to 10 months after pre-orders are opened.

With sky-high demand in China, the release of the made-in-China Model 3 is likely to be a very lucrative undertaking for Tesla.

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