American electric car manufacturer Tesla will open a separate design studio for its Chinese cars. It will be located in Beijing.
Tesla, back in 2020, announced plans to organize a studio in China, which would develop electric vehicles specifically for the tastes of Chinese consumers. A year later, there were rumors that the company would be located in Shanghai next to the Tesla plant. However, as Reuters has now reported, citing documents from the Beijing authorities, the studio will still open in the capital.
Tesla Design Studio is included in the list of priority investment projects in Beijing for 2022. Other important projects in the automotive sector include the construction of the Xiaomi car factory and the fuel cell research center of Toyota Motor.
As Electrek notes, the Beijing design studio will be Tesla’s second. The first is located in Los Angeles – there are most of the designers and a few engineering departments. In the future, the opening of the third design center in Germany is expected.
Details about what employees of the Chinese design studio Tesla will do are not yet known. According to unofficial information, the first project of this enterprise will be the development of a new model of an electric car worth $25,000. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently stated that the company is not currently working on a new model.
Today, Tesla is building the Model 3 sedan and Model Y crossover in China, which are sold in China and exported to other markets. In terms of exterior and interior design, these cars are completely identical to those produced in the USA.