Recently Elon Musk announced that Tesla wants to create a design and development centre in China to create a select model there for worldwide distribution. A sketch Tesla published as part of a job posting for said centre now shows what this model could look like.
The Tesla boss had announced plans for such a design centre at the Gigafactory 3 launch when he handed over the first Model 3 to consumers in Shanghai. Back then, Musk said the aim “would be to create a China design and engineering centre to actually design an original car in China for worldwide consumption”. He didn’t mention schedules for the model or the design and engineering centre at the time.
A new job posting by the EV maker, however, is now looking for Chinese designers to come up with that new model. The role advert includes a rendering of an electric car that looks more compact than the Model 3.
Tesla posted the job on its WeChat account, China’s equivalent of Facebook. Roughly translated, it says, “Tesla is waiting for you. Chinese-Style Tesla will sweep the world.” And, it appears that you do not have to be a car designer by trade. Instead, the company is looking for outstanding design talents to create original Chine-style Teslas.
This links back to the launch in Shanghai, when the Tesla boss had made only one statement about the new model, a comment on Chinese art history. “I think China has some of the best art in the world, and I think it’s something that would be appreciated on a worldwide basis.” Still, the rendering looks more conventional, but that may change once a bold designer is found. According to Tesla China, the new designers will not just design ordinary cars. Those interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org until 1 February 2020.
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