Tesla Gigafactory 3 foundation prep underway as China mobilizes its workforce



A video taken of Gigafactory 3 in China has revealed that notable regions of Tesla’s sprawling 864,885-square meter site are now abuzz with activity. As could be seen in the site’s footage, many pile drivers are in operation, heavy machinery and workers are moving territory, and the first structures in the area are being put up. 

Gigafactory 3’s new footage comes courtesy of 烏瓦 (Uva) from China, who recently uploaded footage taken on February 22, 2019 on YouTube. Portions of Tesla’s land were showcased in the seven-minute video, including some interesting shots of workers pumping water from the site. One thing is evident from the video — China’s workforce is mobilizing, and work on Gigafactory 3 is picking up speed.

Pile drivers at Gigafactory 3. (Credit: 烏瓦/YouTube)

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The existence of groups of pile drivers in a place of Tesla’s land tells a lot about the range of the activities in the site. Considering that pile drivers are machines used to provide foundation support for buildings and other structures, the layout of the machines in the area all but hints at the scale of what could very well be the first structure of Gigafactory 3. What this structure is remains to be seen, but judging from the locations of the pile drivers, the building seems to be massive. 

Also notable is the construction of a two-story, modular structure in a different area of Gigafactory 3’s land. Tesla has not announced the purpose of the building though its character implies that the structure could be a headquarters of sorts for workers in the site. Heavy machinery is also abundant in the footage, with 烏瓦 (Uva) capturing footage of trucks and excavators moving territory.

Initial structures are erected in Gigafactory 3 territory. (Credit: 烏瓦/YouTube)

Gigafactory 3 is under an ambitious timetable. By the end of summer, Elon Musk wants the construction of the site to be completed. By the year’s end, Musk expects Gigafactory 3 to start producing its Model 3. While such a time is ambitious even for the usually optimistic Elon Musk, they are quite realistic in China, which has a workforce known for rapid, near-surgical buildouts.

Tesla also has a prominent ally in Gigafactory 3’s construction in the kind of China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China Construction, which is possessed by the government. With its partner in building the facility literally possessed by China, Tesla is all but sure its aims with the centre ’s structure. With China’s workforce mobilizing to build Gigafactory 3, it is now up to Tesla to keep up by setting up its own Model 3 assembly lines as soon as the facility is ready.

Watch the latest clips from Gigafactory 3 from the video below.

The article Tesla Gigafactory 3 foundation prep underway as China mobilizes its workforce appeared initially on TESLARATI.com.

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