Tesla CEO Musk breaks ground at Shanghai Gigafactory to launch China push


By Yilei Sun and Adam Jourdan

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Tesla Inc broke ground on Monday for its Shanghai Gigafactory where it plans to begin making its Model 3 electric vehicles (EV) by year-end, a first step in localising production in the world's largest auto market.

上海/北京(路透社)-周一,特斯拉上海超级工厂破土动工,计划在年底前开始生产Model 3电动汽车(EV),这是在全球最大汽车市场实现本土化生产的第一步。

At a ceremony at the site of the plant on the outskirts of Shanghai, Chief Executive Elon Musk joined the city's mayor and other local government officials to formally begin construction of a factory that Tesla has said will cost around $2 billion.


"We think with the resources here we can build the Shanghai Gigafactory in record time and we're looking forward to hopefully having some initial production of the Model 3 towards the end of this year and achieving volume production next year," Musk said at the event.

马斯克在奠基仪式上表示:“我们认为,凭借这里的资源,我们可以在创纪录的时间内建成上海超级工厂,我们希望在今年年底前实现Model 3的初期生产,并在明年实现量产。”


The so-called Gigafactory is China's first wholly foreign-owned car plant, a reflection of China's broader shift to open up its car market, even amid a trade war with the United States which has seen a rise in tariffs on cars imported from the U.S.


Producing cars locally is likely to help Tesla minimise the impact of the trade war, which has forced the EV maker to adjust prices of its U.S.-made cars in China. Keeping prices in check will also help Tesla fend off competition from a swathe of domestic EV startups such as Nio Inc, Byton and XPeng Motors.


"Affordable cars must be made on same continent as customers," Musk wrote on Twitter ahead of the event.



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张last month

American cars are everywhere in China, but what cars are they everywhere in America?



soululast month

US lost tech again



Joelast month

Broke ground today and factory will be finished by summer that's only China can do !!!



Blossomlast month

Another big loss for Americans.



J.P.Satanazlast month

Recently I heard Trump saying that lots of great US facturies where coming back and bringing millions of new jobs.......Does it means that Tesla is not part of that package of beautifull and great US companies coming back home? Or is it only happen in Trump´s head?



Johnlast month

Pretty soon you will be able to buy a car called a Toosla in China. It will be able to utilize all of Tesla's parts, and cost 1/3rd as much :)



whatasituationlast month

These well known low priced Tesla EVs will sell like hotcakes in China. Their population is just starving for a cheapo brand.



Davelast month

They’ll let him make a few cars then steal the technology and make their own version. Happens all the time.



Jacklast month

Disappointing to see Musk make such a big mistake.

He will learn a very costly and painful lesson from this blunder.

In the end, a Chinese company will get his market, his IP and his factories.





Benlast month

Here is another example of US company building factory in China. this type of doing business in China is a high risk since they are just handing over their techs to China and in a few years



Antagonistlast month

I disagree with Musk on this one. China is only in it to steal the technology and know how. Once achieved, Tesla will be forced out.



J Hlast month

Gone. More American jobs.



Scottlast month

If Ford, Chevy and other automakers do not act now Tesla will be the largest car maker in the world within 10 years. One can only hope! Go Tesla!!



phillast month

Musk is working for the Chinese now.



joe ilast month

A $2 Billion factory on the east side of the USA would have been nicer.



Jianwenlast month

Sooner or later, Tesla will ship cars made in China back to USA.



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