Tesla has secured a Shanghai site for its first overseas Gigafactory

Getty/Kevork DjansezianTesla announced Wednesday that it has secured an 860,000 square meter plot of land in Shanghai to build its first overseas Gigafactory.
  • Tesla announced Wednesday that it has secured an 860,000 square meter plot of land in Shanghai, China, to build its first overseas Gigafactory.
  • In July, the car maker signed a deal with Shanghai authorities to open a plant in the Chinese city with an annual capacity of 500,000 cars, and said it would raise $US2 billion to fund the construction, Reuters reported.
  • Shares were up about 1.5% on the news.
  • Watch Tesla trade in real time here.

OvernightTesla announced it has secured a site in Shanghai, China, to build its first overseas Gigafactory. Shares were up about 1.5% following the news.

The electric-car maker said Wednesday in a Chinese social media post that it has signed an agreement with the Shanghai government for an 860,000 square meter plot of land for a Gigafactory, hoping to take on the world’s largest auto market.

“Securing this site in Shanghai, Tesla’s first Gigafactory outside of the United States, is an important milestone for what will be our next advanced, sustainably developed manufacturing site,” Robin Ren, Tesla’s vice president of worldwide sales, said in a statement.

In July, Tesla signed a long-anticipated deal with Shanghai authorities to open a plant in the Chinese city with an annual capacity of 500,000 cars, which would double the size of its global manufacturing and help lower the price tag of Tesla cars sold in China, according to Reuters.

Tesla started hiring for the new Shanghai factory in August, and said that it would raise capital from Asian debt markets to fund the construction, which will cost around $US2 billion, Reuters added.

Tesla was down 12% this year through Tuesday.

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