Future “$25,000 Tesla” to be Sold Across the Globe

Published on February 9, 2021 in News by Guillaume Rivard

We’ve known for a while now that Tesla plans to make a cheap, entry-level car—some are already calling it the Model 2, others are talking about the “$25,000 Tesla” which is what CEO Elon Musk has promised—but details remain pretty vague.

It will be designed and engineered in a new research and development centre that will soon be completed near the Shanghai Gigafactory, where production will take place alongside Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. Tesla China president Tom Zhu confirmed the news recently.

But while we expected the car to be sold exclusively in China and Europe, with a distinct version for each, Zhu also said it will be distributed in markets across the globe.

Now, “across the globe” doesn’t necessarily mean Canada, but it’s still encouraging to hear. It could all depend on the size of the battery and the range it delivers—and whether or not North American consumers are still open to the idea of a small vehicle that’s not an SUV.

At Battery Day last September, Elon Musk reiterated that the company’s ultimate goal was to accelerate mass adoption of electric vehicles by making them more accessible.  

This affordable Tesla could take the shape of a hatchback (the sketch above comes from a Tesla campaign to recruit designers in China) and share many components with the Model 3, starting with the platform. Road testing with beta cars could begin by the end of this year.

Watch: A tour of Tesla's Gigafactory in Fremont, California

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