Tesla has knowledgeable suppliers that it needs to begin manufacturing of a brand new mass-market electrical car, codenamed “Redwood,” someday in mid-2025. This was reported by Reuters, which cited info gleaned from 4 individuals conversant in the matter.
Two of the sources advised the information company that the deliberate mannequin was a compact crossover, which falls in keeping with the body-style of the inexpensive car that the electrical automaker was rumoured to be planning a number of years in the past. In 2021, it was reported that the corporate was aiming to introduce a hatchback-styled providing, and it was urged that the automotive could possibly be the USD25,000 EV it had been lengthy .
A sketch revealed by the corporate in 2020 of a quick wheelbase car idea indicating an electrical metropolis automotive (as seen above) gives an concept of how the “Redwood” – which has been unofficially known as the Mannequin 2 by numerous quarters – might form up. The brand new mannequin is anticipated to sit down on the corporate’s next-gen platform structure, internally often known as NV9X.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has lengthy whetted followers’ and buyers’ appetites for inexpensive EVs constructed on next-generation, cheaper electrical automotive platforms. In 2018, he revealed that the automaker could possibly be making extra inexpensive automobiles that value beneath US$25,000 in three years’ time.
USD$25,000 is round RM119,000 at right this moment’s trade charges, which is across the higher finish of the BYD Dolphin‘s value vary in Malaysia.
Whereas the timeline has moved alongside, it seems just like the shelved plans are being resurrected, if what the sources say are appropriate. Musk had stated final yr he was involved concerning the affect of excessive rates of interest on client demand for big-ticket gadgets like automobiles, which could possibly be the immediate for the transfer.
At current, its most cost-effective providing is the Mannequin 3, which at present has a beginning value of USD38,990 (RM184,580) in america, and so constructing cheaper fashions – together with an entry-level USD25k automotive – would permit Tesla to compete with cheaper gasoline-powered autos and a rising variety of cheap EVs similar to these made by China’s BYD, which overtook Tesla because the world’s high EV maker within the closing quarter of 2023.
In accordance with the sources, Tesla despatched “requests for quotes,” or an invite for bids, for the “Redwood” mannequin, to suppliers final yr, forecasting a weekly manufacturing quantity of 10,000 autos. Manufacturing would start in June 2025, three of the sources advised Reuters.
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