Tesla is continuing to expand in China and with a growing network of Delivery Centers scattered throughout the country, the company is looking at new and more efficient ways to transport cars from Giga Shanghai.
In addition to using car carriers, Tesla is now also using trains. The first train carrying 120 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles departed Shanghai last week, arriving on March 13 in Shengyang, a city in northeast China about 1,800km away from Giga Shanghai, according to local media reports. (h/t: @Tslachan)
This is the first time Tesla has transported cars by rail in China, and it is expected to open up more deliveries in the Shenyang region, where there are currently five Tesla Delivery Centers. Tesla China has not commented on the expansion of their shipping logistics to include rail, but it would only be natural to see the company expanding the use to more parts of the country in the future.
While Tesla is just implementing the use of trains in China, it is already doing so in other parts of the world. It is not uncommon to see trains carrying hundreds of Tesla vehicles through countries across Europe, as seen in this video captured last year.
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Tesla also has a railyard in Hutto near Giga Texas. The company has been using the railyard, located at the RCR Taylor Logistics Park about 40 minutes northeast of Giga Texas, to send off newly built cars to various areas of the US by train. Since then Tesla has tripled the capacity at the yard by adding four new rail siding, increasing the number of rail siding from two to six.