Although for some time now it has been one of the categories most neglected by electric car manufacturers, in the coming years the C segment (compact) will be enriched with the arrival of numerous new proposals, something, on the other hand, understandable if we consider noting that it is one of the key niches of the European market.
Thus, the current CUPRA Born, Citroën ë-C4, Nissan LEAF, Renault Megane E-TECH Electric and Volkswagen ID.3 will be joined by a complete offensive by the Stellantis group (Alfa Romeo Giulietta, DS 4 E-TENSE, Lancia Delta, Opel Astra-e, Peugeot e-308…), as well as the electric versions of the BMW 1 Series (i1) and Mercedes-Benz A-Class (EQA “hatch”?).
However, one of the most anticipated proposals is that of Tesla, which is currently developing a compact model in China that will be manufactured in Giga Shanghai for the whole world. This vehicle, known to the press as the Model C (although rumors also suggest that it could be called the Model Q), will have an attractive starting price of $ 25,000.
The insider’s Tesla points out that the production of the prototypes a few months began already ago, so it is very likely that the presentation of the final model takes place at the end of next year, jumping into the Chinese market a few months later. However, it may not reach Europe until 2024.
The Tesla Model C will be launched in 2023
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, confirmed at the time that his new electric access car will use LFP lithium batteries. Although currently, Tesla’s supplier of LFP cells is CATL, it is not ruled out that the Model C uses batteries from EVE Energy or even BYD, which could supply the company with its advanced Blade cells.
Like the Model Ys produced in Giga Berlin and Giga Texas, much of the Model C monocoque will be built from large castings (front and rear frame); In addition, it is expected to incorporate structural batteries with large format 4680 cells, which will reduce costs and maximize the autonomy of the model, which in its basic version should be around 400 km per charge.
Its platform will be an evolution of the one used in the Model 3 and Model Y, which it will beat in efficiency thanks to its lower weight and a less performance propellant assembly. As for the equipment, it is expected that it will have as standard all the hardware required by Autopilot and the FSD (Full Self-Driving) pack, Tesla’s autonomous driving systems.