American multinational automotive and clean energy company, Tesla Incorporation is unveiling a factory in Shanghai, proficient to produce ten thousand Megapack energy product per year, to enhance output of Megapack factory in California.
Elon Musk’s automaker will break ground on the plant in the third quarter and start production in the second quarter of 2024, Xinhua reported from a signing ceremony in Shanghai.
The new factory will initially produce 10,000 Megapack units a year, equal to around 40 gigawatt hours of energy storage, to be sold globally, to complement a huge existing Shanghai plant making electric vehicles.
With the new Shanghai plant, Tesla will take advantage of China’s world leading battery supply chain to ramp up output and lower costs of its Megapack lithium-ion battery units to meet rising demand of energy storage globally as the world shifts to use more renewable energy.
Tesla generates most of its money from its electric car business, but Musk has committed to grow its solar energy and battery business to roughly the same size.
Chinese battery giant CATL has also been deepening its collaborations with clients including Tesla in energy storage battery supplies, which its Chairman Robin Zeng expected to have a larger market than batteries powering electric vehicles (EV).
Tesla currently has a Megafactory in Lathrop, California, capable of manufacturing 10,000 Megapacks per year.
The company began producing Model 3 cars in Shanghai in 2019 and now is capable of producing 22,000 units of cars per week.