Tesla previews small electric car for China

American firm posted design sketch as it announced that it’s setting up a research and design centre in China

Tesla has shown a design sketch of a¬†small car for China and revealed that it’s looking to set up a design¬†and research¬†facility in the country.

The American electric vehicle (EV) maker posted the image of a¬†compact hatchback with Model 3-inspired styling via its official account on WeChat ‚Äď China’s biggest social media network.

The announcement was primarily a call for job applicants, some of whom will have a hand in designing “Chinese-style” Tesla models.

Tesla recently set up shop in China with a gigafactory¬†in Shanghai ‚Äď its first outside the US. With an annual capacity of 500,000 units, it will initially¬†produce the Model 3 compact saloon¬†and its forthcoming sibling, the¬†Model Y, a seven-seat mid-size¬†SUV.

The first Chinese-built Tesla was delivered to a customer on 6 January, just 10 months after construction of the facility began.

The company’s boss, Elon Musk, has previously said that Tesla would “create a car for worldwide sale” in China. A strong¬†possibility is a family hatchback to rival the new Volkswagen ID 3, given that¬†Musk stated in 2018 that his company would produce a compact model “within the next five years”.¬†

China is the world’s biggest market for EVs,¬†thanks primarly¬†to strong government support for companies and consumers.

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Source: – autocar
Tesla previews small electric car for China