|Location||Lingang, Pudong, Shanghai, PR China|
|Area||864,885 m2 (9,300,000 sq ft)|
The Shanghai regional government approved the agreement to build the production facility in July 2018, and a long-term lease was signed for 210 acres (85 ha) of land in October. Construction is expected to start "in the near future."
The initial production at the new facility is expected to be battery cells along with Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y cars, with an initial production rate target of 250,000 electric cars per year.
On 8 May 2018, the Tesla (Shanghai) company was established, with a share capital of 100 million yuan, wholly owned by Tesla Motors Hong Kong. On 10 July 2018 Tesla CEO Elon Musk signed an agreement with the Shanghai regional government to build the third Tesla Gigafactory in China.
On 8 August 2018, compulsory purchase order Shanghai  No. 090 was issued by Pudong New Area Planning and Land Administration, with a closing date for objections of 14 August 2018, and finalisation scheduled to occur on 20 August 2018. On 26 September 2018, the bidding process for the newly acquired plots Q01-05 in the area designated as 04PD-0303 were advertised, with the restriction that the land be used for electric car manufacturing, with a minimum investment requirement. The investment requirement of 10.85 million yuan per mǔ (per 666.7 m2 or 7,200 sq ft) equated to a total minimum investment of 14,072 million yuan ($2 billion).
The bidding process was due to run between 17‒26 October 2018, with the priviso that if there was only one bidder meeting the requirements by 11:30 on 17 October 2018, then the process could be closed and finalised early. On 17 October 2018, Tesla won the long-term lease for 210 acres (85 ha) of land in Lingang, Shanghai and stated "construction to begin in the near future".:5:21
Tesla (Shanghai) had been the only bidder, with its bid of 973 million Chinese yuan for the 50-year lease covering the 864,885-square-metre (86.5-hectare) site, and this money coming from local Chinese banks. The Shanghai Land Transfer contract No. 14 with Tesla (Shanghai) requires construction work to begin within 6 months, and be complete within 30 months, with production started after 36 months, and full minimum tax revenues being paid after 60 months. The Land Transfer was scheduled to occur on 12 December 2018, and limits the maximum size of above-ground buildings to 1,729,770 square metres (18,620,000 sq ft) in area [sic] with a maximum height of 30 metres (100 ft). Up to 60,541 square metres (650,000 sq ft) of the area can be used for non-production office buildings. Phase 1 of the project will manufacture Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y cars, with a production rate of 250,000 electric cars per year. Tesla stated that it would eventually be able to produce 500,000 electric vehicles per year at the site.
The public environmental impact consultation for Phase 1 of the project was opened on 24 October 2018 and scheduled to run for ten working days. Capital expenditure covering the land purchase and initial design costs for Gigafactory 3 were scheduled to occur in the fourth-quarter of 2018.
By December 2018 levelling of the land was complete, and Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong visited the site. A subsidiary of China Minmetals was making preparation for piling foundations. Shanghai Construction Group was one of the companies bidding for part of the larger construction contract.
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临港重装备产业区 04PD-0303单元Q01-05地块 … 四至范围： … 东至规划预留东海二桥控制线绿化带, 南至人民塘绿化带, 西至南奉界河绿化带, 北至老里塘河绿化带 … (平方米)： 864885.0 … 出让年限： 50 … 竞得价(万元)： 97300.0 … 竞得人： 特斯拉（上海）有限公司
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Q4 capex projection includes the purchase of land in China and initial design and other expenditures for Gigafactory 3.
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Shanghai Construction Group is among several firms bidding … Shanghai Baoye Group, a China Minmetals subsidiary, is preparing for the delivery of a large amount of concrete pipe piles and steel pile tips in the second half of December Missing or empty
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