• Tesla is planning to increase its weekly production of Made in China Model 3 vehicles in Gigafactory 3 in China, according to a new report
  • Tesla plans to increase its 1,500 units weekly production to 3,000 units by increasing its work shift
  • Tesla is also looking to fill various positions in Gigafactory 3 to speed up production

Tesla Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China, aims to ramp up its current production by increasing the number of shifts per day. The Tesla facility in China is currently producing 280 vehicles in every 1o hours shift or over 1,500 vehicles each week on a six-day workweek, reports Teslarati. Gigafactory 3 will probably go beyond 3,000 Tesla Made In China Model 3 vehicles in a week when more workers join in its production.

The new plan of Tesla for its Gigafactory 3 was shared by Tencent Auto Editor Chang Yan, who claimed to have heard the news during the recent handover ceremony of the company for its Made in China Model 3 units to its employees in the said facility. The delivery of Model 3 to non-Tesla employees will commence in January 2020, adds Yan.

Tesla is currently sourcing 30 percent of the MIC Model 3 components locally, according to the Tencent auto editor. But, it might likely spike to 70 percent in the middle of 2020 until Tesla eventually sources all the components locally. Tesla is reportedly planning to increase its aftersales workforce to 1,500 to make sure it maintains giving the best customer experience.

Tesla Model 3s at Shanghai Port
More than 1,800 Tesla electric cars, including over 1,600 Model 3 from the United States, arrive at Pudong Waigaoqiao Port in Shanghai, China. VCG | Getty Images

The report about Tesla’s plan of increasing the production of Gigafactory 3 in China aligns with the recent news that the American electric vehicle maker wants to hire more frontline workers. Gigafactory 3 is looking for people to fill positions in its painting, assembly, stamping workshop, and quality control. Tesla plans to produce 250,000 Tesla MIC Model 3 per year that will eventually increase to 500,000 units annually.

China is the biggest electric vehicle market, and Tesla’s plan of increasing the production of Gigafactory 3 will help it quickly meet local demand. The symbolic handover of Tesla Made in China Model 3 vehicles to Tesla employees recently is a good indication that the American electric vehicle maker has almost hit its yearly delivery goals. It could also mean that the company will likely flood the market in 2020 with mass-produced sedans in the first quarter of 2020.

Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai is loaded with activities, which could mean that most of the locally-produced Model 3 is now at the distribution and delivery centers across China.