Tesla starts delivery of China-made Model 3 cars
Tesla has delivered the first cars it has manufactured in China, weeks ahead of schedule.
The electric car specialist tweeted that it would deliver the first 15 Model 3 vehicles made in its Shanghai gigafactory today. The first customers are all Tesla employees, with delivery of public orders due to start in January.
The factory in China is Tesla’s first outside the U.S., and Tesla hopes soon to be producing 1,000 cars a week at the plant, boosting its sales in China. Tesla announced on 27 December that its China-built Model 3 had received approval from China's industry ministry for purchase tax exemption, freeing it from any triffs in the US-China trade war.
The China-made Model 3 cars have an official price of 355,800 yuan ($50,000) before subsidies, compared to 439,000 yuan ($63,000) for imported longer-range Model 3 vehicles, according to Reuters.
China is the world’s biggest market for electric vehicles, accounting for 1.3 million zero emission vehicles last year.