Tesla released an official eye-catching video showcasing the capacity of its Giga Shanghai factory with footage of robots working on the production line with almost no human oversight before the final assembly process.
The Shanghai Super Factory, established with 2 billion US dollars, is Tesla’s first manufacturing plant in China which started production in January last year. It is also the third Giga factory Tesla introduced to the world.
Impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shanghai factory was temporarily closed in compliance with local laws. As China gradually rekindled its economy in February, Tesla resumed operation in Shanghai and there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in the factory.
With the closure of its US sites, the Shanghai factory remains Tesla’s only functioning site. Tesla said the capacity of the Shanghai factory is constantly hitting new records despite the epidemic. Earlier in February, the company announced on its official Weibo account that the production rate for the Made-In-China (MIC) Model 3 has now exceeded 3,000 units per week.
It is also reported that Tesla is nearing its debut of the longer range MIC Model 3, which can drive approximately 404 miles (124 miles more than the current model) per charge and qualifies for government subsidies to help Chinese buyers bring a Tesla home.
However, analysts fear that the pandemic will affect consumer confidence and global demand for cars. The U.S. carmaker may not be immune to China’s auto-industry slump as it witnessed a fall in registration for two consecutive months.