News Tesla hopes to produce 500,000 cars per year at new Shanghai plant

00:41  11 july  2018
00:41  11 july  2018 Source:   cnet.com

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Tesla began producing electric cars at its plant in Fremont, Calif., six years ago, starting with small quantities and ramping up to about 100, 000 vehicles last year . More recently, Tesla had aimed to produce at least 2, 500 Model 3s per week by the end of the first quarter.

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Tesla will be capable of producing 1 million cars per year if both its Shanghai and Fremont factories reach their theoretical maximum outputs.© CNET Tesla will be capable of producing 1 million cars per year if both its Shanghai and Fremont factories reach their theoretical maximum outputs.

China is an important market to Tesla, and having to deal with import-export tariffs and subsequent price hikes only makes the market more difficult to penetrate. That's part of the reason why it's excited to set up an actual factory over there.


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Tesla ’s new 500 , 000 target is still a fraction of what traditional, full-line automakers produce annually. Ford Motor Co (F.N) sold nearly 800, 000 of its best-selling F-Series pickups on the U.S. market last year . Tesla ’s net loss widened to 2.3 million, or .13 per share

As Tesla continues to expand its product line, Tesla ’s production plan is also set to increase to a rate of 500 , 000 vehicles a year by 2018. With Tesla building its most affordable car yet, Tesla continues to make products accessible and affordable Create new account. Request new password. Model S.

Tesla and the Shanghai government have reached a preliminary agreement to establish a Tesla factory over there. The automaker hopes to eventually build some 500,000 vehicles per year at its Shanghai plant. In a statement, the Shanghai government noted that this is the largest foreign-invested manufacturing project in the city's history.

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To achieve its planned production rate of 500 , 000 cars per year by 2018, Tesla alone will require today’s entire worldwide supply of lithium-ion batteries. The Tesla Gigafactory was born out of necessity and will supply enough batteries to support Tesla ’s projected vehicle demand.

Produce 500 , 000 cars per year by 2018. Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider. To help put this in perspective, consider that Tesla only delivered about 50, 000 vehicles last year and its aiming to deliver 80, 000 to 90, 000 cars this year .

"Today, we have signed a Cooperative Agreement for Tesla to start building Gigafactory 3, a new electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Shanghai," Tesla said in an emailed statement. "We expect construction to begin in the near future, after we get all the necessary approvals and permits. From there, it will take roughly two years until we start producing vehicles and then another two to three years before the factory is fully ramped up to produce around 500,000 vehicles per year for Chinese customers. Tesla is deeply committed to the Chinese market, and we look forward to building even more cars for our customers here."

"We are glad to achieve strategic cooperation with Tesla, and we welcome Tesla's R&D, manufacturing and operations of pure electric cars in Shanghai," said Ying Yong, Shanghai's mayor, in a separate statement. "The Shanghai Municipal Government will give full support to the construction of Tesla's factory and strive to create a better environment and provide better services for the development of various enterprises in Shanghai, including Tesla."

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New Cars Used Cars Research Videos News. Though the company currently builds fewer than 100, 000 vehicles per year (closer to 80, 000 or 90, 000 , in And so, the company is doing something that its electric cars can't do: it's shifting into high gear, hoping to reach its 500 , 000 goal by 2018.

Tesla hopes to complete the deal by the end of the year , the two people said. Any comprehensive arrangement would still require the approval of the central government in Beijing. Tesla said in June that it was negotiating to produce cars in Shanghai .

In response to tariffs between the US and China, Tesla had to hike prices of its already-very-expensive Model S and Model X vehicles. A base Model X now costs $140,100, a price hike of $20,000 and a whole lot more than the $79,500 it costs in the US. This huge price disparity can hopefully be remedied by moving Chinese-market vehicles to China. Until the Shanghai plant is online, though, Chinese buyers will have to make do with the prices as they are.

Elon Musk in 2016 had originally hoped to be building 500,000 Teslas per year out of its Fremont, California facility by 2018, but it's currently on target to produce closer to 170,000. There have been more than a few hurdles in getting Model 3 production online, but as the kinks are smoothed out, those numbers should keep rising.

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