It was reported that a new version of Tesla Model 3 would be fully equipped with an M3P battery made by Chinese industry giant CATL. On August 18, a spokesperson for Tesla China said that this news is just a rumor and is inconsistent with the facts.
Tesla China's website now shows that estimated delivery times for the rear-wheel drive version Model Y have been shortened from 8-12 weeks to 4-8 weeks.
Grace Tao, Global Vice President of Tesla, announced via domestic microblogging platform Weibo on August 15 that the localization rate of Tesla China's supply chain has exceeded 95%, as the firm's Shanghai Gigafactory has now produced more than 1 million vehicles.
After a car accident involving Taiwanese singer and racecar driver Jimmy Lin, another Tesla vehicle has crashed in mainland China. Recently, a Tesla Model Y owner suddenly lost control of the vehicle and hit a wall.
Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory saw its one millionth production vehicle roll off the production line. Elon Musk, CEO of the US electric vehicle giant, shared the milestone on Twitter on August 15.
News emerged on August 10 that the blade battery manufactured by Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD has been delivered to Tesla's factory in Berlin, Germany, the first plant in which Tesla is using BYD's new battery.
Wolong, a Chinese provider of electric motors and driving solutions, said on August 5 that "the company provides Tesla with robot production lines." In order to avoid misleading investors, the company issued a clarification on August 7.
According to a report released by the China Passenger Car Association on August 4, BYD's wholesale volume in July reached 162,200 units, while Tesla's domestic wholesale volume in July was estimated to be 30,000 units.
Chinese battery giant CATL will supply Tesla with M3P batteries in Q4 of this year, which will be installed in Model Y models with 72-degree battery packs. This version of the Model Y will be launched early next year.
On the evening of July 29, a traffic accident occurred in a park in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. The car owner claimed that he was sitting in the co-pilot seat, and that Tesla's automatic assisted driving function operated the car to hit a street lamp.
On August 2, Shanghai enterprises and institutions environmental information platform showed the details of a construction project in which part C of the second stage of Tesla's Gigafactory Shanghai Project (Phase I) was completed.
In addition to its NIO and ALPS brands, Chinese electric vehicle maker NIO is reportedly planning to launch a third automobile brand to cover the market below 200,000 yuan ($29,620).
Tesla's Gigafactory Shanghai has completed its latest round of upgrades and is now producing new vehicles in large numbers. Thousands of cars are now being shipped to Europe from the Shanghai South Port terminal.
A transformation plan for Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory has been launched this month, in which the second-stage production line was successfully updated on July 16. Meanwhile, adjustments to the factory's first-stage production line expected to complete by August 7.
Taiwanese singer, actor, and race car driver Jimmy Lin was injured in a car crash while driving a Tesla Model X in Taiwan. Lin was driving the vehicle with his son, but lost control of the car and crashed into a road barrier, causing the Tesla model to catch fire.