Tesla’s Shanghai Super factory Model 3 boosts capacity much faster than Fremont plant

May 19 (UPI) — Nearly half a year after Tesla’s Shanghai super plant went into operation, Tesla’s Model 3 has increased rapidly, much faster than Tesla’s plant in Fremont, according tomedia reports. Tesla’s Shanghai Super factory, which was approved for mass production of the Model 3 on November 13 last year, delivered 15 cars to internal employees on December 30 last year, and officially went to the public on January 7th, with the first 10 delivered to the lucky owners by Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself.

Tesla's Shanghai Super factory Model 3 boosts capacity much faster than Fremont plant

Tesla Model 3

After production, the production capacity of Tesla’s Shanghai Super plant Model 3 also increased rapidly, and in mid-March,media reported that weekly production had increased to 3,000 vehicles, just over four months before the plant mass-produced Model 3.

In an interview on Monday, Tesla executive Tao Lin revealed that the Shanghai superfactory is now in good production and is expected to produce 4,000 vehicles a week by June this year, just over eight months after being allowed to mass production.

Less than eight months after the Shanghai Super plant was approved for mass production, Model 3 is expected to produce 4,000 vehicles a week, meaning the model 3 will be able to increase capacity at a faster rate than the Model 3 at Tesla’s Fremont plant.

The Fremont plant is Tesla’s largest assembly plant for electric vehicles, the only one for Tesla before it went into operation in Shanghai.

Tesla’s Fremont plant began production of model 3 in the third quarter of 2017, producing only 260 vehicles in the quarter, 2,425 in the following quarter, with an average weekly production of less than 200 vehicles, 9,766 units in the first quarter of 2018, with an average weekly production of less than 800 vehicles, and 28,578 units in the second quarter of 2018, with an average weekly production of less than 2,200 vehicles.

Tesla’s initial plan was to increase weekly production at its Fremont plant to 5,000 units by the end of 2017, but due to capacity bottlenecks, it delayed implementation until the first quarter of 2018 in November of that year and the end of the second quarter in January 2018.

In the second quarter of 2018, in order to meet model 3’s weekly production target of 5,000 vehicles, Tesla built a huge tent and a Model 3 production line at the Fremont plant, and with the help of this simple production line, Tesla produced 5,031 Model 3s in the final seven days of the second quarter of 2018, successfully achieving its weekly production target of 5,000 vehicles, and contributing 20% of the production line inside the tent. This means that the modest production line in the tent, the Fremont plant’s normal production line in that week also produced only about 4,000 Model 3s, nearly a year from the start of production, more than eight months slower than the Shanghai Super factory.