Tesla’s ambitious timeline to construct and begin manufacturing out of Gigafactory 3 in China remains on schedule (and maybe even a bit ahead of schedule). It was announced by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology that Tesla is now on the list of approved car manufacturers.
What that means is that Tesla now has the go ahead to begin production as soon as this weekend. As we’ve seen with leaked images and video recently showing the inside of Gigafactory 3, and fly-over videos showing the tremendous progress being made on construction, it was only a matter of time until they were approved by the Chinese government to begin production.
Tesla’s latest Gigafactory 3 aims to produce up to 250,000 electric vehicles per year, and will also be able to produce battery cells. This will free-up production allotment at Fremont, allowing more cars to be delivered in North America and globally. Recent Q3 order and delivery statistics show that Tesla is currently able to sell more cars than it can produce.
Yesterday on Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that he was going offline for a few days. Some take this as an indication that he could be on his way to China to officially open the new Gigafactory 3, and introduce the first made-in-China Model 3.
Going offline for a few days
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 17, 2019