American electric car maker Tesla has suspended production at a factory in China until April 1 due to the quarantine imposed in Shanghai. The part of the city where the Tesla facility is located was closed due to an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus.
Tesla’s China plant is the company’s first plant outside the US, and produced more than half of the electric vehicles it ships to Europe and Asia last year. China itself is one of the key markets for Tesla.
Tesla plans to build a second plant in the country, which will be located next to Gigafactory 3. In the first phase, Tesla intends to double its production capacity (to 1 million vehicles per year), and the long-term plan is to increase production in China to 2 million electric vehicles annually .
Shanghai Gigafactory 3 is already close to reaching its planned capacity of 500,000 electric vehicles annually. Last year, it produced 484 thousand cars (Model 3 and Model Y), of which about 160 thousand were exported, mainly to Germany and Japan.
Chery has released details on the specifications of the Jetour Dasheng crossover, which was co-developed with tech giant Huawei.
Jetour Dasheng in the basic version is equipped with a 1.5-liter engine with 156 hp, which works with either a 6-speed “mechanics” or a “robot” with two clutches. Also in the lineup will be a 1.6-liter engine with 197 hp, which works with a preselective “robot”. D in both cases, the drive is front.
The older all-wheel drive hybrid version with the Kunpeng DHT installation, which consists of a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and two electric motors, will produce a total of 326 hp. power. The battery capacity is 19.27 kWh. A car can only travel 100 km on electricity, which is a lot for a hybrid. With the combined operation of internal combustion engines and electric motors, fuel consumption is only 1 liter per 100 kilometers.
In the cabin of Jetour Dasheng there is a large horizontally oriented tablet without frames, the diagonal of which is 15.6 inches. The 8-inch digital instrument cluster screen is located in front of the driver. In the basic version, Jetour Dasheng is equipped with an augmented reality projection display.
The touch-sensitive climate control buttons are placed on the doors, and a retractable footrest is provided for the front passenger. Contactless door opening using a smartphone and NFC technology has also been announced. The car will offer adaptive cruise control, and later Huawei will implement Level 3 Autopilot, which allows you to take your hands off the wheel.
The launch of Jetour Dasheng sales in China is scheduled for the second half of 2022.
Tesla did not receive special conditions and abandoned plans to enter the Indian market
Tesla has abandoned its plans to enter the Indian market. This is attributed to the inability of the Indian government to achieve tariff cuts.
This could be a blow to the expected number of jobs that could be created in India with Tesla’s presence. India remains the largest market in the world where Tesla has yet to be officially represented. Strong import tariffs have been a major impediment to Tesla’s entry into the Indian market. However, there were some indications that the company could enter the market in 2022. Previously, an Indian facility was established in Bangalore as a local arm of the brand.
India has an incentive strategy for local EV manufacturers, including high import tariffs on EVs. This policy has made it difficult for foreign electric vehicles from China and the US to enter the market. Tesla planned to build an electric car factory in India, but intended to see how its cars perform in the market first. The Indian government, through its transport minister, has said it wants Tesla to build cars inside India rather than relying on imports from China. In addition, the country has not yet established a service center and Supercharger charging stations.
Some of Tesla’s key employees in India are currently being transferred to work in other countries. The government will not provide Tesla with special conditions for the construction of the plant, so the company will continue to develop in other countries for the time being.
Tesla Model T assembled in Germany. It’s a tank
Tesla Model 3 often undergoes various kinds of alterations: the car has already been turned into a snowmobile and a real SUV, but this has not happened yet. Bloggers in Germany have turned the Model 3 into a real tank.
All work was done fairly quickly – in just a month, while most of the time was spent on the construction of a suspension for tracks weighing 1.3 tons each. In addition to a considerable number of wheels in the suspension, a total of 24 suspension struts are used.
As a result, the ground clearance of such a comfortable 6-ton electric tank was 80 cm – you can not be afraid of even the toughest off-road. Bloggers have presented only a video of the remake so far, but a video with a real off-road ride should soon appear on the channel. The authors of the alteration have already invited Elon Musk to join the Model T off-road test.
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