All photos provided by Jason Yang / YouTube
Construction of Giga Shanghai Phase 2 continues at a rapid pace. The exterior work is almost complete and equipment installation is underway, hinting that the facility will soon be operational. In a few months, we will see made-in-China Model Y rolling out from the assembly line and rocking the local market.
The new drone video from Jason Yang / YouTube demonstrates the colossal work done by the builders, and the result of their work is truly phenomenal. The main buildings of Giga Shanghai are almost complete. Phase 2A, also known as Tesla Giga Shanghai's Model Y production building, appears to be totally finished.
Of course, some work is still pending completion, but in just five months, the empty territory has turned into a complex of almost entirely completed buildings. Despite the fact that Phase 2 is several times larger than Phase 1, its construction is proceeding at a faster pace. It’s clear that Tesla China is making excellent use of its Phase 1 experience.
From the looks of it, the Automotive Motor Workshop is also building a ramp to Phase 2— a very smart move that could save time getting parts to the Model Y assembly line.
At the moment, internal construction work is underway. The main focus is on equipment installation, as the production of Model Y is due to begin in just a few months.
Made-in-China Model Y will begin rolling off the assembly line at Giga Shanghai in early 2021, an unnamed Tesla executive told cls.cn on August 20. This statement is consistent with information previously received from the company.
The factory has already received a giant machine—a Giga Press—for the production of Model Y, and is currently continuing its installation. There have also been rumors that trial production will begin in late October, in line with estimates of progress in construction. Giga Shanghai ordered machinery from Miracle Automation for Phase 2.
The first photos of the gargantuan piece of machinery, as well as robots for the upcoming Model Y production line, were included in the electric car maker’s recently-released Q2 2020 Update Letter.
The images provided by Tesla prove that the company is indeed hard at work outfitting the newly-constructed building for Model Y production. The facility's casting machine, in particular, is very impressive, commanding a massive space on the factory floor. Tesla did not provide much context about the image, but it appears that the Model Y casting machine is all but ready to rock ‘n roll.
Overall, the images from Giga Shanghai suggest that Model Y production could begin sometime later this year. This should allow the company to refine its operations in the Phase 2A area to such a degree that the facility would be able to support a full production ramp by the first quarter of 2021.
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