Chinese media outlets report that Tesla is planning to debut their much-expected Model Y this April in China at the Auto Shanghai. It would be an unusual move, given that the launch events usually create quite the stir but in California.
The EV maker has not commented on the report collated by Gasgoo. It would, however, fit with Tesla’s focus on China (and Europe) of late. Another reason why a debut in Asia would make sense is that the Model Y is likely to be produced in the new Gigafactory 3, that Tesla is currently constructing in Shanghai.
Speculation has surrounded the Tesla Model Y before, including the actual production plans. Late last year, plans were leaked (which Tesla then deemed “outdated”) on the internet setting the electric compact SUV on an aggressive schedule reportedly. Production could start by 2020 in California and later that same year after in China too.
The news reached more solid ground however in the latest earnings. In their Q4/18 report, Tesla not only managed to stay within the profit zone but also stated that this year they will “start tooling for Model Y to achieve volume production by the end of 2020, most likely at Gigafactory 1”.
So plans to introduce their next electric car officially this spring does not seem too far off schedule. Maybe Shanghai it is then.