Tesla Plans to Start Exporting Cars Made at Shanghai Gigafactory

Daniel Fowler
September 13, 2020

Tesla is planning to export Model 3 vehicles made in China to Asian and European markets, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

China-built Tesla Model 3s intended for delivery outside the country will likely start mass production in the fourth quarter, the people said, asking not to be identified because the details are private.

Tesla is rolling out a network of supercharger stations in Europe ahead of the construction of its Berlin electric-car factory.

Tesla Model 3 cars, which are being built in China, will be sent out of the state. That's also where the vast majority of the vehicles' components are made. Although the officials did not disclose the exact date of when the shipping of Tesla cars would commence, it has been announced officially that the company is all set to start shipping cars from China to its markets in Europe and Asia.

Managers at electric automaker Tesla Inc on Thursday demonstrated new supercharger equipment on a Berlin research campus, saying they were looking at more target cities to attract possible buyers anxious about access to charging.

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EV adoption in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, meanwhile, has trailed Europe and China, and could present a bigger challenge. Upstart NIO Inc has been averaging around 3,500 recently, by comparison.

And as many as 40,000 staff could be employed at Giga Berlin over the next ten years, four times that employed now at Tesla's Model 3 and Model Y factory in Fremont as stated on the company's website.

Around 80% of the parts that Tesla uses at its Chinese plant will be sourced locally by the end of the year, Musk said during an earnings call in July.

The upcoming model could also be distributed to different markets across the globe.

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