Leaked Photos Suggest Tesla Is Already Building Model 3 In China

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Tesla is moving ahead with pre-production at its Chinese factory, according to new leaked photos believed to have been recently taken inside the U.S. electric vehicle maker’s Gigafactory in Shanghai.

A user posted a photo of at least three partially assembled models, while another user commented that the cars were being assembled for trial runs, the Global Times reports.

3,000 Model 3s a week by the end of 2019, Shanghai-based independent car analyst, Wu Shuocheng, told the Global Times on Thursday.

These photographs are the latest leaked pictures to be taken inside the Gigafactory, which analysts interpret as Tesla being close to production start.

Model of 3 in China. The end of August, photographs believed to have been taken inside the show.

Tesla started the construction of a production facility in the world's top EV market — China — in order to compete on a level playing field with a growing number of local manufacturers. As a U.S.-made vehicle, Tesla's cars in China have been subjected to steep tariffs, and sales have been reported in recent months to the U.S.-China trade war.

Tesla aims to finish the construction of Shanghai Gigafactory this summer, begin production of Model 3 by the end of this year, and reach high-volume production next year, Musk wrote on Twitter in January.

In June, Electrek reported that Tesla's third Gigafactory, the one that will provide with a way around Chinese tariffs on U.S. goods, is being built "at an incredible speed."

In July, Morgan Stanley said that Tesla could open its forecast, adding that it expects the U.S. electric vehicle maker to become "the leading luxury EV player in China."

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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