Tesla China is upgrading the production lines of its Shanghai Gigafactory for higher capacity starting in December. The conversion work in the areas of the continuing production of the Model 3 and Model Y is expected to last until April 2022.
Tesla plans to invest 188 million dollars in the plant conversion measure.
The expansion is to be implemented exclusively in the area of vehicle production. The area for pilot production, parts production and the joint workshop of the three areas will remain unaffected. In the vehicle production area all important departments will be rebuilt, from the stamping shop to the body shop, paint shop and final assembly to logistics.
According to the document, only the Model 3 and Model Y will continue to be built at Giga Shanghai. In the Q3 annual business report, the annual capacity in Shanghai was given as 450,000+ vehicles.
Accordingly, Tesla estimates that the number of employees at the Gigafactory Shanghai will be increased by 4,000 to 19,000 once the conversion work is completed.
Tesla has made Giga Shanghai its global export centre in the course of this year. In the course of this, the Model Y was also exported to Europe, contrary to earlier statements. In this country, only the long-range version is currently being delivered, while in China the standard-range version with only one motor and LFP battery is already available.