Looks like Tesla is plotting a new EV that will slot below the Model 3 and Model Y.
The Chinese car market is big business for Tesla as China's government is making a big push for EVs to reduce emissions. To capitalize on this demand, Tesla hinted it's planning to build a new small electric car that will slot below the Model 3 and Model Y in China.
"I think something that would be super cool would be to - and so we're going to do it, we're going to try to do it - would be to create a China design and engineering center to actually design an original car in China for worldwide consumption," Elon Musk said back in January.
In June, Tesla began accepting design submissions from the public for the new model. Now, Tesla's plan to design and build a new electric car in China appear to be gathering pace, as the electric car maker has is advertising some intriguing new job positions on its Chinese Weibo account.
Among the job listings Tesla is advertising in China include positions for a Design Manager, Creative Manager, Senior Car designer, Design Quality Specialist, and a Graphic Designer. These job postings seemingly provide more evidence that Tesla is looking to hire a new team to design its mystery new model in China.
A design sketch released by Tesla also suggests the new EV take the form of an electric city hatchback that's smaller and more affordable than the Model 3 and Model Y to compete with models such as the Chevrolet Bolt, Volkswagen ID.3, and Nissan Leaf. If it gets the green light, production will take place at Tesla's new Gigafactory in Shanghai.
While we initially expected this model to be designed exclusively for the Chinese market, Elon Musk's comments suggest it will be sold globally. With the Tesla Cybertruck, Tesla Roadster, and Tesla Semi also joining Tesla's lineup in the future, Tesla's product expansion is showing no signs of slowing down over the next few years.