Tesla is going to make the Model 3 Long Range RWD, a version of the Model 3 that was discontinued in the US, at Gigafactory Shanghai in China, where we’ve now learned Tesla has already produced over 2,000 cars this year.

Electrek, By Fred Lambert

© Electrek | Tesla is going to make discontinued Model 3 Long Range RWD in China, already produced over 2,000 cars this year

When first launching the Model 3, Tesla offered the vehicle with its Long Range battery pack and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) configuration.

The model was later discontinued as Tesla started to only offer the Long Range battery with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive (AWD) drivetrain.

Now Tesla is apparently bringing back the Model 3 Long Range RWD in production at its Gigafactory Shanghai in China.

Jason Man spotted the new filing with the China Ministry of Industry:
There’s no word on availability or pricing yet as the version of the vehicle is not available on Tesla’s website.

When announcing the production of Model 3 in China, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the automaker would only produce the lower-end versions of the car in the country and the higher-end would still be produced in Fremont, California.

As of now, the only Model 3 made-in-China vehicle offered is the Standard Range Plus RWD.

Last month alone, Tesla reportedly produced 2,625 Model 3 vehicles at Gigafactory Shanghai in China:
That’s just a few weeks after starting production at the factory.

During Tesla’s Q4 2019 earnings released last month, the automaker confirmed that it already achieved a production rate of 1,500 vehicles per week.

However, the company had to temporarily shut down the factory due to the coronavirus – though they opened the facility again earlier this week.

Electrek’s Take

I liked the Model 3 Long Range RWD. I think it’s a configuration that makes sense.

I’d like for Tesla to bring it back everywhere, but I am glad that at least the Chinese market will have access to it.

We have been hearing rumors of Tesla potentially making versions only for China, like a Model 3 with a longer wheelbase. While they are not going that far just yet, it’s interesting to see them bringing back a previously discontinued version of the car.

As for the production numbers, it’s quite impressive considering that there was only an empty field at the Gigafactory Shanghai site just about a year ago.

Now I can see Tesla producing around 9,000 Model 3 vehicles at the factory this quarter and ramping up to 15,000 units next quarter.

That would be an impressive production ramp and help Tesla truly become a multi-factory automaker.

This article was originally published by Electrek. 
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