Tesla has started selling the Model 3 and Model Y vehicles made in China in Canada, marking the completion of the company's first batch of shipments from its Shanghai factory to North America.
On January 6, the starting prices of Tesla's Model 3 and Model Y in China dropped to 229,900 yuan ($33,458) and 259,900 yuan ($37,825) respectively, the lowest prices ever for both vehicles, with an estimated delivery period of one to four weeks.
Chinese electric vehicle maker XPeng plans to launch three new models in 2023, namely, the modified version of the hot-selling model P7, an SUV model with internal code F30, and an MPV model with internal code H93.
On December 12, Tesla denied a report that the Amercian electric vehicle maker's Shanghai factory will suspend production of its Model Y from December 25 to January 1 next year.
On December 1, Tesla announced its recall of 142,277 Model 3s manufactured in China between December 27, 2020 and November 7, 2022, as well as 292,855 Model Ys manufactured between January 1, 2021 and November 11, 2022.
On the afternoon of November 28, a collision between multiple vehicles occurred in Taizhou, China's Zhejiang Province. During the accident, a Tesla Model Y collided with two cars, causing two deaths, one injury, and serious damage to all vehicles involved.
A fire broke out on November 24 at an auto interior shop in Shanghai, damaging about 12 luxury cars. Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, several bloggers claimed that a Tesla Model Y was the source. Tesla has denied this speculation.
A Tesla Model Y in Chaozhou, China's Guangdong Province was recently suspected to have lost control while driving at a high speed for 2.6 kilometers, causing two deaths and three injuries. The maximum speed of the vehicle reached 198 km/hour.
At the fifth China International Import Expo (CIIE), which opened on November 5, Tesla displayed its Model 3, Model Y, Model S Plaid, Model X Plaid, and Tesla Bot, a conceptual general-purpose robotic humanoid.
On October 24, Tesla announced that from now on, the prices of its Model 3 and Model Y in China will be reduced. Specifically, the starting price of its Model 3 rear-wheel drive version has been set at 265,900 yuan ($36,663), down 12,000 yuan.
On September 16, Tesla's official website in China showed that the shortest expected delivery time of all models of the company's Model 3 and Model Y has been shortened to one week.
The website of Tesla China shows that the estimated delivery time for the rear-wheel drive version of its Model Y has been reduced to 1-4 weeks from the previous 4-8 weeks.
During a telephone conference following the release of its second-quarter financial report on August 23, XPeng Motors said that it would speed up the pace of new product launches within a price range of 150,000 yuan to 500,000 yuan ($21,850 - $72,838).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Starting from May 23, 2022, Tesla will recall some Chinese-made Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles produced from October 19, 2021 to April 26, 2022, totaling 107,293 vehicles.
Tesla plans to add more shifts at its Shanghai Gigafactory from May 16, as it seeks to return production to levels before the city locked down to control the spread of COVID-19.