Yeonghwa starts supplying parts for Tesla Model 3
[THE INVESTOR] Yeonghwa Metal, a local auto parts manufacturer, has started supplying steering system parts for the US EV maker Tesla’s Model 3, according to a media report on May 31.
Citing a company official, the report noted that Yeonghwa successfully completed testing the parts in April and started delivering its products for Model 3, Tesla’s first car aimed at mass market with an affordable price tag.
Last November, Yeonghwa announced it clinched a 9 billion won (US$8.02 million) deal with Tesla to supply housing and differential gear products for Model 3. The two-year deal expires on March 31, 2019.
Yeonghwa officials were unavailable for comment.
Based in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, Yeonghwa mainly manufactures cast products for automobiles. Its major clients include Korean automakers Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors, Renault Samsung and SsangYong Motor as well as US auto giant General Motors. Last year, its revenue stood at 156.4 billion won, down 6 percent from the previous year, while operating profit stood at 10.8 billion won, down 31 percent.
Tesla Motor CEO and founder Elon Musk has announced the automaker will start delivering the much-awaited Model 3 in July globally. It is capable of traveling more than 340 kilometers on a full charge, with a price tag of US$35,000, nearly half the price of its sedan Model S -- the first model available in Korea.
With Model 3 preorders reaching around 400,000 units, it is unsure when the cars will be delivered to Korean customers.
By Ahn Sung-mi (firstname.lastname@example.org)