Pictures of a Tesla Model Y in China have been going around the internet for a few days now. It was believed to be a test vehicle for the Chinese market. The camouflaged Model Y was onboard a delivery truck along the highways of Yancheng, China.
Tesmanian reporter Vincent Y posted the news on their website Friday, August 28. By then, it was still unknown whether the car was delivered from the US or a product of the Gigafactory in China. The car was confirmed to have been manufactured in China indeed, which means it came from the Shanghai Gigafactory. Tesla China correspondent Ray tweeted on Saturday:
Just confirmed with an EV industry watcher in China the test vehicle in the report blow is indeed MIC Model Y. At this pace, we could possibly see deliveries in December or even sooner. https://t.co/VTSvYIYhPL
In the beginning of this year, CEO Elon Musk went to Shanghai, China to attend the delivery event of the first locally-made Model 3. That was on January 7, 2020, the same day of the Model Y launch in the country. Kind words were exchanged between Musk and the Chinese officials who were present during the event. The Tesla CEO received praises for his work. During his speech, he mentioned that specifically, the Model Y will have the most demand out of all the other similar type Tesla EVs combined. He reiterated that it will have more advanced technologies integrated within it - details of which are yet to be revealed.
He also said that the company is constantly working on improvements for the machinery being used in the car manufacturing processes.
In June, the China branch of Tesla began accepting pre-orders for the locally-manufactured Model Y. Deliveries are expected to be made by early 2021, implying that production is intended to start way earlier. The price for the car is set at around 488,000 Chinese yuan or 68,900 in US dollars.
Phase 2 of the Giga Shanghai is making huge progress lately. It is safe to say that they are on schedule to achieve their target deliveries for early next year. However, it is also highly likely that Tesla will exceed expectations and maybe even start their deliveries earlier than intended.