Tesla China announces the launch of its tailgate upgrade service for the Model 3

Tesla China Customer Support announced today, through their Weibo account, the launch of its tailgate upgrade service for the Model 3 costing ¥3,980 ($628). As shown in the video below, the tailgate retrofit allows drivers to automatically close their tailgate via a button at the back, the Tesla app, or the infotainment system. The upgrade comes with a three-year warranty and includes UI display feature additions.

“Official services, genuine accessories, professional technician installation. The long-awaited electric tailgate of old car owners has been upgraded. We are all listening carefully to your voice” — said the company.

Via Weibo, Allan, the General Manager of Tesla China, shared Tesla’s video and wrote: “Electric tailgate upgrade is coming! Come and make an appointment. Let’s experience it first”.

As of February 14, Tesla sent 13 cargo ships in 2022: 11 in January and 2 during the first two weeks of February. From January numbers, nine cargos were from Giga Shangai and two from the San Francisco Harbor proving the great pace rate of the Chinese GigaFactory.

The 9 shipped cargos represent the second best month, only behind last October, where 11 cargo ships were sent from Giga Shangai. The production capacity and output of the GigaShanghai continue to increase, driving the midstream production and prosperity to continue to rise without signs of downward disturbance. On the other hand, San Francisco Harbor sent only 2 ships in January, indicating that the Fremont factory is still far from meeting strong demand in the North American market.

Luchao Port in Shangai (Source: @bentv_sh)

During the first two weeks of February, two cargo ships were sent to Europe, and if we assume an average of about 3,500 vehicles per ship, than Tesla exported around 30,000 vehicles in January.

Tesla’s U.S. official website shows that Model 3 Delivery date is May and Model Y is August (China, Model 3, Model Y is expected to be June). After delivering 936k vehicles in 2021, Tesla’s production is expected to be around 1.8 million vehicles in 2022 and and 2.7 million in 2023, up 92% and 50% year-on-year.

Source: Tesla US Website

Through the reverse delivery cycle of the official website, assuming that the production capacity level in December is maintained, it is expected that the current Model 3 + Y order size of Shanghai factory is more than 280,000, the model 3 order size of the US factory is more than 80,000 vehicles, and the model Y order scale is 16 More than 10,000 vehicles.

The Chinese Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said on Monday that Tesla sold 59,845 Chinese-made cars in January. Tesla produces Model 3 sedan and Model Y sports multifunctional cars in Shanghai, and sold 70,847 Chinese-made cars in December. The Tesla Model Y topped China’s premium SUV segment in 2021 with approximately 169,853 units sold from January to December last year.