In spite of recalls announced on the Tesla US 2020 Model Y, Tesla customers in China are still excitedly awaiting their first copies of the 2021 Model Y made at the Shanghai factory.
A copy of the 2021 made-in-China (MIC) Model Y was seen on a test drive near Tesla’s Gigafactory Shanghai on Tuesday. The vehicle, as spotted and shared by Twitter user @bentv_sh, was completely wrapped in a protective covering, both on the interior and the exterior, disallowing onlookers from seeing the color or specific design features of the new model.
Some remarked that the bulkiness of the vehicle may have meant that it was a performance model, though it’s unclear which Model Y this wrapped beauty actually is.
We take a closer look at the #MICModelY ?as it appears on a road test near the Shanghai factory.The camouflaged Model Y is wrapped around the outside and the car's interior looks camouflaged as well. What's the difference between the MIC ???version and the US??? version, folks pic.twitter.com/yR8JzmPtiu
— 乌瓦 (@bentv_sh) November 24, 2020
Earlier in the week, we reported that Tesla had confirmed it would be getting its batteries for the MIC Model Y from LG Chem Ltd, so we can assume that’s where this copy gets its batteries from. We also know that a few years from now, Tesla is likely to have its own battery production plants at its Austin, Texas and Berlin, Germany factories, although that’s still a few years off.