Tesla Secures Manufacturing License For Gigafactory 3 — Let’s Roll!

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Tesla has been able to get its manufacturing license for Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China. With Tesla already demonstrating Chinese produced Model 3s to the Chinese press, this step is seen as the last official hurdle before Tesla officially begins production and starts the process of ramping up consumer cars “Made in China.”

Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), announced the 325 batch of “Road Motor Vehicle Production Enterprises and Products Announcements” (Chinese: 道路机动车辆生产企业及产品公告). In this batch, it is announced that Tesla has been added to the list of companies allowed to produce new energy vehicles in China.

Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory

Media outlet SINA reports that MIIT has agreed to allow Tesla (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. to be a pure electric passenger car manufacturer. (Chinese:《公告》显示,工信部同意设立特斯拉(上海)有限公司作为纯电动乘用车生产企业。)

Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory

In batch 325, page 15, line item 105, you can find this:


This line is another announcement of Tesla’s new designation, as well as a listing of its registered address.

Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory

The Tesla Gigafactory 3 has been preparing for production for months, with battery supply lined up, initial production of the complete product completed, the end of shipments of US-made base Model 3 to China, and now securing the official license to produce and sell electric cars.

The Tesla Gigafactory 3 is an impressive feat that was previously used by some financial players to attack Tesla, but is now a sign of Tesla’s ability to move fast and achieve results. How times have changed.

While getting official permits is an important step in producing the Chinese manufactured Model 3, the next stage will be just as important — Tesla will have to ramp up its production capacity in a new factory. This will test its new team’s ability to adapt and evolve its production capabilities. Tesla already has Model 3 assembly experience, though, so this hurdle is less of a problem. Of course, it also has experience producing the Model 3 in the United States.

Read CleanTechnica for more updates on Tesla Gigafactory 3 and the Chinese Model 3 as we get them.

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Sources: MIIT, MIIT and SINA | Images courtesy Tesla

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Tim Dixon

When not researching the Chinese electric car market, I am teaching in China. My interest in sustainable development started in University and it led me to work with Tesla Europe in the Supercharger team. I'm interested in science fiction, D&D, and travel. You can follow me on Twitter @TimDixon3.

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