Tesla is subtly laying the foundations for an upcoming Model Y invasion in China

Tesla is subtly laying the foundations for an upcoming Model Y invasion in China
Inasmuch as the Model Y seems to be on track to become Tesla’s best-selling vehicle to date, the attention given to the vehicle, seemingly even by the company itself, has been quite tempered at best. Its unveiling was subtle and not at all like the Cybertruck’s flashy, fiery, dramatic cyberpunk-themed debut, and its first rollout was done quietly, with no grand handover ceremony like the Model S and Model 3.

Tesla’s handling of the Model Y ramp almost gives the impression that the vehicle was something that, while potentially disruptive in its own right, simply completes the company’s initial EV lineup. Yet if the electric car maker’s recent strategies are any indication, it appears that Tesla is preparing the stage for what could very well be nothing short of a Model Y invasion in China next year.

Tesla building a supercharger factory (10,000 annual output) locally in China means we will see lots of Superchargers on China highways.

Currently, there are ONLY 2 Tesla supercharger stations on China highways, ONLY 2!

2021 is going to be the Year of Highway Superchargers pic.twitter.com/nWPG88goVp

— ⚡️特拉风🦔T☰SLA mania⚡️ (@Tesla__Mania) November 26, 2020

Just recently, for example, reports emerged stating that Tesla is investing RMB 42 million (about $6.4 million) into a new facility that will be tasked with the production of Superchargers, the company’s rapid-charging system. The facility will reportedly be located near Gigafactory Shanghai, and it will be completed sometime next year. Once it’s operating, the factory is expected to produce about 10,000 Superchargers per year, as per documents submitted about the site.

That’s an impressive number of Superchargers, and a good number of them would likely be built specifically for China’s domestic auto market. With a robust Supercharger Network in China, the stigma of EVs being limited in range disappears, and the all-electric crossover could actually become the first choice among car buyers who are fond of long road trips. China, after all, is rolling out a program that heavily incentivizes new energy vehicles, and there are few better ways to promote such an initiative than by supporting long-range EVs like the Model Y.

@Teslacn has reportedly submitted to local govt a business plan to build EV charger factory near Giga Shanghai w/ initial investment capital of ¥42 mil. The factory is expected to be completed by Feb 2021 w/ annual production rate of 10k Supercharger units (currently imported). pic.twitter.com/MgZOpUJ5qI

— Ray4Tesla⚡️🚘☀️🔋 (@ray4tesla) November 25, 2020

Tesla’s Gigafactory Shanghai facility is ready for the Made-in-China’s Model Y ramp. The second phase of the factory, where the all-electric crossover would be built, was completed earlier this year, and expectations are high that mass production of the Model Y could begin early next year. Supported by a rapidly-growing Supercharger Network, the Model Y could end up becoming one of China’s perfect family vehicles. And considering that Giga Shanghai’s Phase 2 facility is expected to produce 250,000 Model Y next year, 2021 may very well become the Year of Tesla in China.

Tesla’s Supercharger ramp in China is quite notable, especially considering that the company currently lists just over 20,000 Superchargers worldwide today, despite the company building its Supercharger Network since the days of the early Model S. This means that Tesla China’s Supercharger facility, which is expected to have an output of 10,000 charging stalls per year, has the potential to essentially double the number of Superchargers deployed today in but a couple of years.

XL subscribe to our newsletter banner

Get the latest news and advice on COVID-19, direct from the experts in your inbox. Join hundreds of thousands who trust experts by subscribing to our newsletter.

Send your news and stories to us news@climaxradio.co.uk or newstories@climaxnewsroom.com and WhatsApp: +447747873668.

Before you go...

Democratic norms are being stress-tested all over the world, and the past few years have thrown up all kinds of questions we didn't know needed clarifying – how long is too long for a parliamentary prorogation? How far should politicians be allowed to intervene in court cases? To monitor these issues as closely as we have in the past we need your support, so please consider donating to The Climax News Room.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *