Apparently, the Tesla’s expansion plans in China they go beyond the simple expansion of the production capacity of the current Gigafactory in Shanghai. As we had seen, the American company has recently submitted new documents to the local authorities to obtain authorization for an expansion of the plant. The goal is to be able to build more cars to be able keep up with export demand. Over time, the China factory has become Tesla’s main export hub.
But according to a new report from Reuters, Tesla has plans to get to build a second Gigafactory in China that would allow double the production of electric cars in that country. The company recently said it would announce the location for a new plant later in the year. Shortly thereafter, rumors emerged stating that the manufacturer had received several proposals from certain regions of China.
The new Reuters report which, however, like all reports must always be taken with due caution, makes it clear that Tesla is moving forward with this project and that the new Gigafactory will rise in China. The chosen site is reportedly located very close to where the current factory is located. A doubling that would allow the manufacturer to reach a potential production in China of 2 million cars a year.
Adding the production of the Gigafactory in Nevada and that of the new factories in Texas and Germany, it is clear that Elon Musk’s company could soon have very important production volumes. And construction of the new Chinese factory could start very soon. The report, in fact, states that i works could start as early as next month.
Considering the great importance of the Shanghai Gigafactory, it shouldn’t be too surprising if Tesla really decides to build another factory in China. If Tesla confirms this project, it will also be interesting to find out if the new factory will be considered a completely new Gigafactory or some sort of expansion of the current one.
The only “obstacle” to Elon Musk’s plans to expand car production could come from the chip crisis. The problem of semiconductor supply that is afflicting a large part of the automotive sector could represent a “brake” on Musk’s projects. Tesla is usually very reserved about its plans to open new factories. However, if the goal is to start construction as early as next month, news is likely to arrive soon.