- Tesla announced it is going to start delivering Model 3 vehicles made in China starting on January 7
Tesla announced it is going to start delivering the first Chinese-made Model 3 vehicles to the public on January 7 at an event at its Shanghai plant. A representative at Tesla told Reuters about the schedule today.
The Tesla plant in Shanghai is part of the company’s plan to increase its presence in China and mitigate the risks associated with the trade war between the U.S. and China.
There are 15 Tesla employees who bought the Model 3 and they were the first to receive the vehicles on Monday. Those vehicles came off the plant production line in October.
The delivery of the vehicles is happening about a year after the construction of Tesla’s only manufacturing plant outside of the U.S. started. The production of the vehicles started in October and it is targeting 250,000 vehicles per year after the Model Y becomes available.
Tesla said it had a goal of starting deliveries before the Chinese new year on January 25. And Tesla China General Manager Wang Hao pointed out that the company will be ramping up Model 3 deliveries this month.
Earlier this week, Tesla executives said that the plant in China was achieving its production target of 1,000 units per week. And the sales for the China-made Tesla Model 3 has been “very good.”
The Tesla Model 3 in China is priced at 355,800 yuan ($50,000) prior to subsidies.