Tesla's next Gigafactory could be in China

by Jimi Beckwith, Autocar UK 15 May 2018

Tesla is expected to soon announce its next Gigafactory in Shanghai, China, as new company registrations have been discovered.

Bloomberg reports that a new business licence has been approved for a company registered by Tesla’s set-up in Hong Kong. The new Chinese company will be located in Shanghai’s free trade zone, suggesting that this 47-square-mile area will become home to Gigafactory 3. 

The new company, Tesla (Shanghai) Co Ltd, was set up with 100 million yuan (around £11.6 million), and will focus on “technical development; technical services; technical consultation; technology transfer in the field of electric vehicles, spare parts, batteries, and energy storage equipment; electric car display; and product promotion,” according to Sina Finance. 

Tesla boss Elon Musk has already said that the next Gigafactory will be in China, although the official announcement isn’t expected until the third quarter of this year. 

Musk previously announced that the company's smaller models - the troubled Model 3 sedan and upcoming Model Y SUV - will be made at the plant, but not the Model S and Model X

European Gigafactory will be the company’s fourth, although it appears to be some way off.

Tesla's well-documented production troubles with the Model 3 have led to heavy investment in the company’s first Gigafactory to quell ‘production bottlenecks’ and reach delivery targets for the entry-level model. 

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