Plant closures and other challenges didn’t stop Tesla’s Chinese factory from hitting a major milestone. As electr notes company boss Elon Musk uncovered that Gigafactory Shanghai recently produced its 1 millionth car. As mentioned back in August, Musk noted that Tesla has manufactured a total of 3 million electric vehicles to date.
The facility has quickly become a cornerstone of Tesla’s manufacturing strategy. Production started in late 2019 but ramped up to the point where it became the largest electric vehicle factory in the world. The annual production rate was over 800,000 by the end of 2021, making it crucial to Tesla’s record year. Gigafactory Shanghai is now the company’s main export hub, supplying cars to Europe and other key markets in addition to China.
The Shanghai factory is gradually becoming just one piece of a larger puzzle. Newly opened gigafactories in Berlin and Texas will provide growth, at least in the short term, and Tesla is exploring the potential for factories in places like Canada. For now, however, the Chinese factory will be vital to meet ever-increasing production targets and compete with international EV manufacturers.
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