The Chinese government recently granted Tesla authorization to begin production of Model 3 on Gigafactory 3, but a Tesla leader has now said production is ready and they are waiting for green light from the government.
In recent weeks, we have reported that Tesla has put in efforts to start production soon at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China.
The start of production will be an important milestone as it will be the first electric vehicle factory 100% owned by a foreign car manufacturer in China and Tesla's second electric vehicle production plant.
After starting construction just in January earlier this year, Tesla has led production startup in Q4 201
Last week, Chinese media reported that the Ministry of Industry gave Tesla approval to start production at the plant.
However, they now report that Tesla's global vice president for China, Tao Lin, says production is ready, but they are now awaiting government approval:
. @ Tesla The Shanghai plant is ready for production and sales will begin after obtaining product approval and government approval, said Tesla's global vice president Tao Lin. pic.twitter.com/HyFzIbqx7c
– Global Times (@globaltimesnews) October 21, 2019
It is unclear what is really the holdup at this point, but one thing is clear : activity has increased significantly on Giafactory 3.
A new drone video shows a constant stream of trucks coming and leaving at the docks:
As seen In the video, Tesla also christened the plant with its logo.
The automaker is expected to announce the official start of production some day now, but things are clearly moving at the factory.
Managing Director Elon Musk has been leading a rapid production ramp in phases starting with 3000 vehicles per week by the end of the year, which will be an even more impressive ramp-up than the factory construction.
Although Chinese officials have talked about 1,000 vehicles per week for 2019.
We expect clarification of the plan with the official production start next week.
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