MIC Tesla Model Y Prototypes Spotted At Giga Shanghai Again

The camouflaged prototype was tested on the new track.

The latest videos from Tesla Giga Shanghai in China reveals that the high number of MIC Model 3 on the parking lot has decreased substantially.

The construction work is progressing in a few areas, where the company intends to add some more facilities.

Our major focus is on the Made-in-China (MIC) Tesla Model Y. One of the camouflaged prototypes was seen testing on the all-new track.

It seems that there might be more of them, as shown on another image of the Model Y assembly facility (see video below at 3:45). Some of those cars look bigger than the other, so it might be Model Y and Model 3:


Tesla was recently approved to sell the MIC Model Y in China, which means that soon we will know whether the Chinese version of the car is different compared to the U.S.

Tesla Gigafactory 3 facts:

  • location: Shanghai, China
  • wholly-owned subsidiary (not joint venture)
  • expected total investment: about $2 billion
  • construction was started in January 2019
  • purpose: production of affordable versions of Model 3/Model Y for greater China region (higher cost versions of 3/Y and all S/X to be produced in the U.S.)
  • battery packs will be assembled using lithium-ion cells from various suppliers, including Panasonic
  • expected volume: 150,000 per year in the first phase and 500,000 per year in the future
  • Targets: production of cars (between 1,000 to 2,000 per week by the end of 2019) to start in the second-half of 2019 (volume production, of 3,000 cars per week initially, from 2020),
  • First customer deliveries of Made-in-China (MIC) Model 3 happened on December 30, 2019
  • Elon Musk officially announced Model Y program at Gigafactory 3 on January 7, 2020
  • Tesla was able to achieve a production rate of about 280 cars a day (10-hour shift) or almost 2,000 a week in December 2019. The production capacity was up to 3,000 cars per week. Production of battery packs started in December 2019 (but at the time not yet at the rate of car production).
  • The production was resumed on February 10, 2020, after an extended break, caused by the fight with coronavirus
  • In the first half of April 2020, Tesla made the Long Range version of the MIC Model 3 available for order
  • In June 2020, Tesla made the MIC Model Y available for order
  • As of the end of the June 2020, some 50,000 Model 3 were produced cumulatively
  • From mid-2020 Tesla is probably able to produce 4,000 units a week (200,000 a year)
  • In October Tesla announced that MIC Model 3 production is 250,000 annually (5,000 a week)
  • MIC Model Y production approval was received in early November 2020, while sales approval was received on November 30, 2020.

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