On January 7, 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk visited the Lingang area of Pudong district, East China, in order to break ground on Tesla's first automotive factory outside the United States.
Exactly one year later, on January 7, 2020, Musk arrived in Giga Shanghai to attend the China-made Model 3 delivery event, which marked the start of mass production. Tesla's launch of production in China was an critical step in Tesla's global quest to dominate electric vehicles, and heralds the beginning of real competition in the world's largest electric vehicle market.
Today, for the first time, in a parking lot in Giga Shanghai, China-made Model Ys were seen preparing to soon be dispatched to Tesla stores. Tesmanian's source said that the first Model Ys will be on display in the company's stores in early 2021.
It seems that Musk is not changing the old tradition and, next month, he may return to China. This visit will most likely be associated with a solemn ceremony at which the first clients will receive their Model Y, although this has not yet been officially announced. However, Musk's reply on Twitter hints that his arrival will be related to the start of production of Model Y.
I am hoping to be back next month!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2020
As with Model 3, it can take only about 10 months from the start of construction of Phase 2 to the delivery of the first Model Y, which has also become an excellent tradition. It also underlines Tesla's professionalism, and proves the company's ability to achieve ambitious goals in the shortest possible time.
2021 will certainly be another impressive year for the company, which will once again reach the next level. The start of production at Giga Berlin and Giga Texas will be a new success story not only for Tesla, but for the entire automotive industry.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.