Tesla has made changes to its Design Studio in Europe, indicating some regions may be getting their Model 3’s exclusively from Giga Shanghai.
For potential owners in the United Kingdom, Tesla has updated its website to show Model 3’s ordered from today will include the new extended wood trim on the front doors. The controversial feature was first seen on the made-in-China Model 3 and Model Y unveiled late last month.
This change indicates Giga Shanghai is going to be the sole supplier of Model 3’s to the UK, likely until Giga Berlin opens later this year.
It follows news earlier this week of hundreds of right-hand drive (RHD) Model 3’s seen outside Giga Shanghai being readied for export.
A batch of MIC MODEL3 with protective film appeared in the Shanghai factory. Obviously, these M3 will be exported to overseas markets and they are right-hand drive vehicles. pic.twitter.com/FChUcAanwJ
— 乌瓦 (@bentv_sh) January 14, 2021
That doesn’t seem to be the case for every market in Europe. In Germany Tesla also made some changes, but it didn’t include the new door trim. Instead the automaker increased the range of the Standard Range Plus (SR+) Model 3 from 430km (267 mi) to 448km (278 mi).
The same change took place in Denmark.
Same in Denmark…
— Jan Wen (@jtailangw) January 16, 2021
It is worth noting the WLTP standard is used in these markets, which is more generous than the EPA rating used in North America.
The Design Studio in North America has so far not received similar changes to those seen in Europe.
UPDATE: The Design Studio in Australia and New Zealand are also now showing the new door trim.
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