They already outnumber the Model 3.
After Tesla's Giga Shanghai factory was built in record-breaking time in 2019, Model 3 production immediately got underway. The world's largest automotive market is hungry for EVs and Tesla aims to deliver, although new domestic competition is coming soon. Tesla is well prepared for this onslaught and it wasted no time getting Shanghai prepped for Model Y production.
According to Reuters, Chinese-built Model Ys are expected to go on sale this month though we don't know yet whether they'll also be exported to Europe, as is the case with the Model 3. The Shanghai plant is also adding manufacturing capacity for Supercharger production as it continues to expand its presence and network across the country.
The Model Y carries a starting price tag of $52,000 in China, only slightly more expensive than the US base price of $49,990. Tesla is fully aware that the Volkswagen ID.4 is the Model Y's primary rival in China and North America for the time being, and luring away ID.4 customers stuck on a waiting list is apparently the main goal.
Flyover drone footage and photos taken by Jason Yang, via Twitter, show the current activity taking place at Shanghai. As you can see, Model Y production has been ramped up dramatically; the completed SUVs are take up more space than the sedan in the facility's holding lots.
This is quite impressive considering the Model Y is the newer vehicle of the two and demonstrates that Giga Shanghai productivity has fully recovered since last year's coronavirus lockdown. Anxious Model Y buyers quickly took notice. Local reports claim China's Tesla website crashed temporarily last month due to a large number of received orders.
Buyers have been flocking to Chinese Tesla stores to place Model Y orders without even having seen a demo model. Chinese-built Model Ys were also the first to receive a number of updates, specifically a heated steering wheel, new door accents, and even a Bioweapon Defense Mode.