On May 20, Tesla’s Global Vice President Grace Tao said the Tesla Shanghai super factory will begin mass production of the Model Y in the first quarter of 2021.
Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory is the company’s first manufacturing plant in China, the first electric car factory in China wholly owned by a foreign car manufacturer, and Tesla’s third Gigafactory.
The construction of the plant officially started in January last year, the first phase of the plant was completed ahead of schedule. The plant plans to produce the Model 3, Model Y and other future models, but currently is only equipped to produce the Model 3.
The second phase of the Gigafactory in Shanghai is currently under construction. The China-made Model Y will be produced there.
Tesla’s Shanghai plant was approved for Model 3 production in November last year. At the end of the month, the factory reached a milestone of producing 3,000 Model 3 vehicles per week. It is expected to reach an annual output of 150,000 vehicles.