A huge development in Tesla’s conquering of the Chinese EV market has taken place. Avid Tesla supporter and EV enthusiast Ray from China shared exclusive news about the recent approval for the environmental impact assessment for the Model Y manufacture in Giga Shanghai.
Ray posted on his Twitter account a brief statement saying that the Environmental Impact Assessment report on the Tesla Model Y passed the standards and regulations of the Shanghai Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
JUST IN: Shanghai EPA has approved the environmental impact assessment report on the new vehicle (Model Y) pre-launch project. In ref to the recent massive hiring for GF3 & Model 3 test vehicle spotted in the wild, it’s reasonable to assume MY trial production will start soon. pic.twitter.com/dAG9ocyfpD— Ray4️⃣Tesla⚡️
Just recently , one unit of the Model Y was seen in China, first speculated to have been delivered from another factory, but then reliable sources confirm that it was manufactured in the Gigafactory in Shanghai. It could possibly be the first, or probably one of the first, batches of the products that will be produced in the third Tesla factory in the world. Albeit it may not have been from the Phase 2 factory, it is suspected that the Model Y came from the Phase 1 assembly line where the Model 3 was produced. This was a sudden change in the expected schedule of EV deliveries, which was initially expected to start production by early 2021. But now it seems as if Tesla is working earlier than scheduled.
Giga Shanghai is now on Phase 2 of its operations. It is apparently almost completely finished in the construction, polishing off a few details, and setting up the equipment. Now with the first unit in the flesh, and the mass employment of 1,000 workers for the actual production process e.g., painting, assembly, stamping, quality control, automation control, material operation, and IT-related duties. Tesla has also been hiring for its research and development department which may be an indication that the company is working on new products.
The EPA approval is basically a green light for the required pre-production tests and research studies on the equipment and machinery that will be used for mass production, and verification for product size. The equipment that needs to be tested are the ones for press, welding, and assembly, to name a few. Tesla may also have improved Model Y by lessening the parts being used during stamping and welding, and the glue will be reduced as well.
Pre-orders for the made-in-China Model Y started in June with a proposed price of 488,000 Chinese yuan or 71,000 US dollars for the standard range version.
At this rate, Giga Shanghai may be able to put Model Y’s on the road in a couple of months. Seeing as the Model Y was only launched in March 2019, this speed in the transition from design to actual production is incredible. Its predecessor, the Model 3, has been well-received in the Chinese market. Tesla is leading in the charts with the previously released model.