The American concern Tesla has started production of the Model Y at its Gigafactory near Shanghai, China.
Although the car manufacturer itself has yet to officially confirm the news, drone footage from the factory shows dozens of just-produced Model Ys at the factory. The footage comes after Tesla said it plans to start production of the Model Y in Shanghai in early 2021. Obviously, it started a little earlier.
Electrek claims that the first Model Ys built at the factory will be delivered to local Tesla employees so that the automaker can iron out any quality control issues before starting deliveries to the general public.
The Shanghai-based Model Ys is believed to be similar in many ways to the models currently produced at Tesla’s main factory in Fremont, California. For comparison, the Ys model for the European market, which will be produced in Berlin, will receive new front and rear solid castings. They will use the company’s new 4680 battery cells, which provide five times the power consumption and 16 percent longer range. These battery cells are unique in that they are tables, meaning that Tesla has removed the tab that is normally used to connect between the cell and what it powers.
The Model Y is expected to be the company’s best-selling model in China. In fact, one analyst suggested that Tesla could sell up to 30,000 units a month after the basic version starts selling.