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Updated January 24th, 2024 at 11:01 IST

Tesla plans to manufacture EV codenamed "Redwood" in mid-2025

Elon Musk had first promised to build a $25,000 car in 2020, a plan he postponed and then revived

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Tesla plans to manufacture EV codenamed "Redwood" in mid-2025
Tesla plans to manufacture EV codenamed "Redwood" in mid-2025 | Image:Tesla
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EV Production: The US automobile manufacturer Tesla has told suppliers that it wants to start production of a new mass market electric vehicle (EV) codenamed "Redwood" in mid-2025, according to sources, who have also suggested that the EV could be a crossover vehicle.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has long whetted fans' and investors' appetites for affordable electric vehicles and self-driving robotaxis that are expected to be made on next-generation, cheaper electric car platforms.

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Those models, including an entry-level $25,000 car, would allow it to compete with cheaper gasoline-powered cars and a growing number of inexpensive EVs, such as those made by China's BYD.

BYD overtook Tesla as the world's top EV maker in the final quarter of 2023.

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Musk had first promised to build a $25,000 car in 2020, a plan he postponed and then revived. Tesla's cheapest offering, the Model 3 sedan, currently has a starting price of $38,990 in the United States market.

Musk said last year he was concerned about the impact of high interest rates on consumer demand for big-ticket items like cars.

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Tesla sent "requests for quotes," or invitation for bids for the "Redwood" model, to suppliers last year, and forecast weekly production volume of 10,000 vehicles, two of the sources said.

Production would begin in June 2025, according to sources.

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The timing of next-generation compact vehicles was one of the most pertinent questions by investors to Tesla ahead of its quarterly results report on Wednesday afternoon, where it is expected to forecast a 21 per cent rise in 2024 deliveries, below the long-term annual target of 50 per cent that Musk set about three years ago.

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Futuristic Taxi and Cheap EV's

Musk said in May that Tesla was working on two new products, with a potential for combined sales of 5 million vehicles a year.

"Both the design of the products and manufacturing techniques are head and shoulders above anything else that is present in the industry," he said during Tesla's annual shareholder meeting.

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The EV maker plans to make an inexpensive robotaxi and an entry-level, $25,000 electric car based on the same vehicle architecture, according to Walter Isaacson's biography of Musk released in September, which includes interviews with the CEO and executives.

Musk said in 2022 that Tesla would make a dedicated self-driving taxi with a futuristic look in 2024, after several misses at its goal of achieving full self-driving capability.

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(With Reuters Inputs)

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Published January 24th, 2024 at 11:01 IST

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