Tesla, to construct a new factory in Shanghai to manufacture Megapack batteries


Tesla Inc. has officially launched its new mega-factory project in Shanghai, capable of manufacturing 10,000 Megapacks annually, marking another instance of U.S. companies demonstrating confidence in investing in China. The factory, situated in the Lingang new area of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, is set to commence construction in the first quarter of 2024 and begin production in the fourth quarter of the same year. Initially, the plant aims to produce 10,000 Megapack units annually, equivalent to nearly 40GWh of energy storage. The products are intended for global distribution,.

The Megapack is a large-scale, highly integrated energy storage solution designed to enhance the efficient storage and distribution of renewable energy for grid operators, utilities, and independent power producers, as outlined by the company. Tesla initiated its operations in Shanghai in January 2019 and has since increased its investment in the region. This includes expanding the production capacity of the Shanghai Gigafactory and constructing additional facilities, such as a manufacturing plant for superchargers. The heightened investment coincided with visits by several senior executives from U.S. companies to China, demonstrating their keen interest in participating in China's development and fostering practical economic and trade cooperation between China and the U.S.

Shanghai's Party chief, Chen Jining, held a meeting with Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Co, where he expressed a warm welcome for the company to expand its investment presence in Shanghai. This discussion took place a day prior to the unveiling of the world's inaugural Zootopia-themed land at Shanghai Disneyland. Iger affirmed the company's steadfast commitment to increasing investments in China during the meeting. The emphasis on a high-standard approach to opening up was also highlighted as one of the specified priorities in nine areas during the recent annual Central Economic Work Conference in Beijing. This conference advocated for the development of strategic emerging industries, including biological manufacturing, the commercial space sector, and the low-altitude economy, while also encouraging exploration in future industries like quantum technology and life sciences.

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