On January 30, the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality issued a key 2022 task list, showing that Tesla’s design center, Xiaomi Auto’s manufacturing plant, Toyota’s fuel cell R&D center and other projects will start construction in Beijing this year.
As early as 2020, Tesla said it would set up a design center in China. Tesla began recruiting for the center later that year, encouraging anyone enthusiastic about cars or design to apply for this job. According to industry insiders, the design center may mean that Tesla will create brand-new models for Chinese consumers in the future.
Tesla opened a new delivery center in Beijing last September, covering an area of about 12,000 square meters. With more than 100 indoor delivery spaces, the center is Tesla’s largest delivery center in Asia.
The breaking of ground at Xiaomi Auto’s manufacturing factory bring the Chinese telecom giant’s auto business into a new stage. According to plans, Xiaomi Auto will build a complete vehicle factory with an annual output of 300,000 vehicles in two phases. Specifically, the production capacity of Phase I and Phase II is 150,000 vehicles each. In 2024, the firm’s first vehicle is expected to be rolled off the assembly line and begin mass production.
In order to expand China’s hydrogen fuel cell market, in August 2020, Toyota established a joint venture with Sinohytec, BAIC Group, Dongfeng Motor, FAW Group and GAC Group in China to produce fuel cells. Toyota’s new fuel cell R&D center will further expand the company’s productivity.