from Tobias Stahl am 14.02.2021
TeslaWill this be Tesla’s answer to the VW Golf?
Electric car pioneer Tesla will probably start operating its research and development center (R&D) in the Chinese Gigafactory this year. The R&D center is said to be an important pillar in the attempt to bring a cheap electric car for around 25,000 dollars on the market. Tesla’s China boss now revealed more details in an interview.
In a new interview published on the video platform YouTube, Tom Zhu, Tesla’s China boss, gave an update on the progress of the Chinese research and development center in the Gigafactory Shanghai.
The research and development center covers all the necessary disciplines, vehicle design, vehicle technology, vehicle development, vehicle testing, and so on. We now expect it to go into operation by the middle of this year, “explains Zhu in the interview.
Zhu notes that the research and development center will have over 20 laboratories in total. China’s Tesla boss also announced that the new facilities will be used to develop Tesla’s next electric vehicle: “We will create very good conditions to make it easier for our R&D engineers to work towards our ultimate goal.
The ultimate goal has been mentioned on many public occasions. In the future, we aim to design, develop and manufacture an original model in China. It will be manufactured here and sold all over the world. ”
Patrick Pleul / dpa-Zentralbild / dpaGrünheide is still a huge construction site: It is highly questionable whether e-cars can really roll off the assembly line that fast.
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Tesla boss Elon Musk announced at last year’s “Tesla Battery Day” that he wanted to develop a cheaper electric car that will one day come on the market for around 25,000 US dollars (around 20,600 euros). Initially it was said that such a small Tesla car should not be introduced before 2023, but now it looks like this could be the case much earlier.
The Tesla vehicles made in China are built with a lithium iron phosphate battery – these are cheaper to manufacture and allow more competitive prices, as is the case with the Chinese Model 3, which is currently also reaching Europe. However, in the recent past there have been an increasing number of complaints that the lithium iron phosphate batteries, in contrast to the cobalt manganese batteries used up to now, are less able to handle cold temperatures, offer less power and lose capacity more quickly.
So far, both the delivery time and the appearance of the cheap China Tesla are unclear. However, some sources claim that it is an electric car in the style of the Model 3, but with a hatchback. Such a smaller electric car at a low price could make the carmaker Volkswagen controversial about important market shares in this country – namely, it would be in direct competition with the VW Golf and Volkswagen’s electric hope ID.3.