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Tesla Model 3 Highland to enter mass production of 10,000 units a month

Purported new 2023 Tesla Model 3 facelift (image: Hector/TikTok)
Purported new 2023 Tesla Model 3 facelift (image: Hector/TikTok)
The long-awaited mass Tesla Model 3 Highland production has reportedly already started at the Gigafactory in Shanghai. Tesla aims to make at least 7,000 Highland units by the end of this month and ramp to 10,000 in September.

According to sources at the Gigafactory in Shanghai, the production line retooling that idled it for a few weeks and resulted in a rare shipment slump for Tesla in July has been completed. The retooling took time as Tesla needed to install the gigacasting and other equipment needed to make its cheaper Model 3 Highland redesign.

The gigacasting method and removing of redundant parts may have tamed its production costs by as much as 14% which could translate to a lower Model 3 Highland price when it is released to market in October.

Tesla has reportedly pegged the initial production capacity of the Model 3 Highland refresh at 10,000 units a month and may end up with a lot of 7,000 Highlands in August alone. The start of pilot mass production at Giga Shanghai bodes well for the expected Model 3 Highland release date in October.

Tesla's Fremont factory should be starting Highland production soon after Giga Shanghai as well, as test mules of the mid-cycle refresh have already been spotted numerous times on the roads in California.

The new Tesla Model 3 Highland is expected to come with a longer body made of gigacast sections, more aggressive headlight styling, and redesigned blinker system. Under the hood, it is expected to receive a larger 66 kWh M3P battery by CATL that will allow longer range on a charge. Inside, the Tesla Model 3 Highland may come with ventilated seats as well as a new yoke steering wheel as an added option. 

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Daniel Zlatev, 2023-08-15 (Update: 2023-08-15)