Tesla plans to build a new design center in Beijing this year, Chinese government says

Tesla plans to build its new design center in Beijing later this year, according to a new document released by the Chinese government.

Shortly after announcing Gigafactory Shanghai, Tesla made it clear that it wanted to not only tap into China’s incredible manufacturing capacity, but also take advantage of the country’s incredible engineering and design talent.

In early 2020, Tesla announced plans to set up a new R&D center and a new design center in China to build a “Chinese-style” electric car.

Tesla began receiving design proposals for its small electric car made in China that summer and began hiring for the program soon after.

Late last year, the automaker announced the opening of its new R&D center in Shanghai next to the factory.

The design studio was expected to land in Shanghai as well, but now it looks like Tesla has chosen Beijing.

According to Reuters, the government of China’s sprawling capital released a new report listing new projects coming to the city in 2022, and it included Tesla’s new design center.

The first project from Tesla’s new design studio is expected to be the “$25,000” electric car, but CEO Elon Musk recently said Tesla isn’t currently working on the new model.

Tesla’s Beijing design center would become Tesla’s second design center after Los Angeles, which houses most of the company’s designers and some engineering teams.

In 2020, Musk also announced plans to open a European Design Center in Germany.

There has been a rumor of a location in the heart of Berlin, but nothing else has come out on this project in nearly two years.

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