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Tesla Gigafactory 3’s first pillar gets built as Model 3 deliveries invade China

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Recent pictures taken of Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 site has demonstrated that the first steel pillar of an upcoming general assembly building was built. Together with this landmark are reports suggesting a Model 3 invasion is now taking place, with deliveries going fully underway in China.

The initial steel pillar from Gigafactory 3 was celebrated on the site, with the allegedly 11.5-meter, 10.8-ton column being inaugurated with a congratulatory message that roughly equates to “Congratulations to Tesla Gigafactory for successfully installing the first steel pillar in Phase One” (credit to Tesla community member Ray Yu on Twitter for providing the translation). The background of this Gigafactory 3 column also suggests that the preparations for additional construction on the property are all but completed, which would help the business meet its target of finishing the initial construction of the facility by May.

Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China. Did anyone report about it? @Tesla #TeslaChina #GF3 #Gigafactory3 #特斯拉 $TSLA pic.twitter.com/tCrZhG2Mvt

— Jay at Shanghai (@ShanghaiJayin) March 16, 2019

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Aside from Gigafactory 3’s first column, Tesla also appears to be incredibly busy in China as it continues large-scale deliveries of the Model 3. Images shared in local social media platforms have revealed car carriers filled with Model 3 making their way to shipping centers, in addition to parking lots full of the electric sedan. Photographs of Model 3 owners allegedly bringing aftermarket floor mats together during delivery also hint in the enthusiasm and excitement of the Chinese market for your vehicle.

More update: Tesla delivery centers in various cities of China 🇨🇳 are now packed with many Model 3. Even outside parking are filled with M3. Massive delivery is happening. $TSLA #Tesla #Model3 #China #TeslaChina #特斯拉 #中国 pic.twitter.com/PS6oPCztNv

— Vincent (@vincent13031925) March 18, 2019

Now more and more Chinese Model 3 owners are discussing pix of their delivery on social media. Many ppl are awaiting the delivery centers today. Congratulation to all Chinese Model 3 owners in China 🇨🇳! $TSLA #Tesla #China #Model3 #TeslaChina #特斯拉 #中国 pic.twitter.com/7WA1BteaUn

— Vincent (@vincent13031925) March 18, 2019

Tesla’s Model 3 push in China struck a brief challenge earlier this month, when Shanghai’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) temporarily ceased deliveries of the vehicle because of incorrect labels on the electrical cars. Since getting the tagging issue resolved, Tesla has been going on full throttle to keep its China Model 3 deliveries.

Tesla’s push into China will probably have to rely on higher-priced Model 3 variants like the Dual Motor AWD and Performance models for another couple of quarters. Luckily for Tesla, the two vehicles are extremely competitive in their respective sections, with the Model 3 Performance being more budget-friendly and much more powerful than popular high-performance sedans like the BMW M3, which cost much more than the electric car in China.

While the Model 3 invasion is already beginning on earth ’s biggest electric car market, Tesla’s full strategy in China will just come full circle by the end of this year, when the company starts generating affordable versions of the Model 3, and later, the Model Y, at the Shanghai factory. Elon Musk is aiming for vehicle production to start at Gigafactory 3 whenever the end of 2019. Barring any unforeseen delays, interested electric car buyers in the country should be able to buy the Standard Model 3 (possibly even the Standard Plus) in a price that’s almost comparable to neighborhood electrical car brands by next year.

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