As much of the manufacturing industry grinds to a halt amid the COVID-19 outbreak, including Tesla's Fremont factory in the U.S., the electric carmaker has shared a beam of hope.
Hundreds of robots at work
The timing for the opening of Tesla's Gigafactory Shanghai was optimal, which sounds bizarre given the current circumstances. What's meant by that is that Tesla's luckily been able to keep production of its vehicles going.
The company had to recently close down its main plant operations in its Fremont factory due to the coronavirus pandemic, but not before its Shanghai counterpart was able to open and keep Tesla vehicle production up.
The Gigafactory was built and started production all within one year. Talk about efficiency.
Up until now, there'd been little to no information about how the Gigafactory Shanghai looked like from the inside, and after all that anticipation the curtains have now been lifted, and what a sight the stage is offering!
Tesla released its official video in China, and you're now able to see the plant in full operation, mostly making the body of the Model 3 and its final assembly. Watch as the hundreds of bright yellow, red, and white robotic arms lift, spray, paint, and bolt in parts of the vehicle.
Human employees only appear hither and thither, mostly in the powertrain and body marriage process, as well as the final assembly one. Otherwise, it's the robots that do most of the legwork in this Gigafactory.
Official video from Tesla China 🇨🇳— 特拉风🇨🇳T☰SLA mania (@Tesla__Mania) April 8, 2020
Giga Shanghai - A factory from out of science fiction. pic.twitter.com/JhmSTRizk9
Tesla's goal for the first phase of its Gigafactory Shanghai is to reach an annual production capacity of 150,000 cars and is now working on phase two to move up to a yearly production capacity of 250,000 cars.