Tesla has reportedly filed the Model Y model with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and production of model Y may have begun at the company’s Shanghai plant because the vehicles in the Ministry’s filing photos have a home-made badge, which was also on the Model 3 previously produced by the factory.
If you want to mass-produce cars in China, all companies need to get approval from the relevant Chinese authorities. Not only does the vehicle need to be filed with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which also approves its manufacturing technology after the vehicle has been determined to be suitable as a passenger vehicle.
By the end of 2019, Tesla had already gone through the process to produce the Model 3 in China. After the Shanghai superstell was built, Tesla made the Model 3 the first model to be mass-produced at the plant. At the end of 2019, after obtaining production approval, Tesla officially launched production at its Shanghai plant. In January 2020, the domestic version of model 3 was delivered to Chinese consumers.
Model Y will go through a similar process, with Tesla’s official website showing that the company will begin production of model Y in China as early as 2021, meaning Tesla may begin delivering the first domestic Model Y to order holders in early 2021. Tesla plans to produce the long-life version and the high-performance Model Y in China, both of which offer all-wheel drive.
Tesla will produce model Y in the second phase of its Shanghai plant, which is significantly larger than the first phase of the plant responsible for producing the Model 3. The Model Y is likely to overtake the Model 3 as Tesla’s most popular model in the future.
Production of the car is expected to begin in 2021, and Shanghai will lead Model Y’s global production capacity climb. Tesla is also building a plant in Berlin, Germany, and next year the company will begin producing Model Y at its German plant, bringing new cars to the European market.