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Tesla looks to make its China operation as nimble as its cars

Electric vehicle maker fires up new plant built in less than a year

Tesla CEO Elon Musk dances with delight at an event to commemorate the start of operations at its Gigafactory in Shanghai in January.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S./TOKYO -- Tesla Motors, the world's biggest manufacturer of electric vehicles, has continued to grow as CEO Elon Musk's pushes ahead aggressively in China, the top market for EVs.

In early January, Tesla began delivering its mainline Model 3 to customers from a new "gigafactory" in Shanghai. At an event to mark the first delievery from the plant, Musk said the U.S. company had made faster progress than expected in China. He celebrated by showing off some dance moves.

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