Tesla delivers its first made-in-China electric cars which are priced at $50,000, less than a year after construction of its $2billion Shanghai 'Gigafactory' began
Tesla has started delivering Model 3 electric cars built at its Shanghai 'Gigafactory' in just under a year since it began work on the $2billion plant - a record for global automakers in China - and said it would ramp up deliveries from next month.
The U.S. electric vehicle maker celebrated the debut today with a ceremony where 15 Tesla employees received cars they had purchased, and one of them took the opportunity to propose marriage to his girlfriend after getting his new set of wheels.
The China-made Model 3 sedans are priced at 355,800 yuan ($50,000, £39,000) before subsidies. Imported Model 3 vehicles start at 439,000 yuan ($63,000, £48,000) for the longer-range version, while the standard range plus model costs under $40,000 in the United States.
The Shanghai plant, up and running in just 357 days, is part of Tesla's plans to bolster its presence in the world's biggest car market and minimize the impact of the U.S.-China trade war.
The automaker, which previously imported all the cars it sold in China, had said it wanted to start deliveries from the Shanghai plant before the Lunar New Year beginning on January 25.
'From now onwards China-made Model 3 vehicles will start running on China's large streets and small lanes,' Tesla Vice President Tao Lin said at the delivery ceremony which was attended by employees and Shanghai government officials.
Zhu Xiaotong, the firm's Global Vice President and President of Greater China, said at the ceremony: 'Seeing domestically made Model 3s rolling off the assembly lines is like watching your own children going to university. [Its] performance will need to be tested by the market.'
中国制造的Model 3轿车的价格为355,800元(5万美元，3.9万英镑)，不含补贴。进口的Model 3远程版起价43.9万元(合6.3万美元)，而标准的range plus车型在美国的售价不到4万美元。
China General Manager for the Silicon Valley carmaker Wang Hao said Tesla planned to ramp up Model 3 deliveries in January.
The Chinese government has been supportive of the factory, the first wholly foreign-owned car plant and a reflection of Beijing's broader shift to open up its auto market.
Tesla has taken a different approach to the Chinese market, the world's biggest for electric vehicles with 1.3 million new-energy vehicles sold last year, as is evident from its marketing blitz in the country that is quite unlike anywhere else.
The company and its flamboyant billionaire CEO Elon Musk openly disdain marketing, but in China Tesla has offered racing events and showroom parties.
It is also building service centers and charging stations across China to assure customers of standardized after-sales service, Tesla's senior executives said, confirming a Reuters report on the plans published last month.
The car maker will double the number of service centers and fast charging stations in China next year, and plans to more than double its after-sales workforce to 1,500 from about 600 currently, the executives added.
Wang also told reporters the plant had achieved a production target of 1,000 units a week, or around 280 cars a day, and that sales for the China-made sedan had so far been 'very good'.
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Bckttsim, Exeter, United Kingdom, 49 minutes ago
What happened to America first ? Again, manufacturing jobs go to China.
Engineering Maniac, The South of England, United Kingdom, 5 hours ago
Won't be long before there are lots of Chinese copies all over China!
Tezack, Rotherham, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
I'm just waiting for the Indians to produce there own (Tesla) .... they copy everything else..
Daveyk15, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
The very rich Chinese will want something better than this and the average citizen wont be able to afford one all for export then ?
Mike Fielding, Lichfield, United Kingdom, 22 hours ago
Sold to the very wealthy, when I was over in China a few years ago I learnt from our guide translator.
Z.Beeblebrox, Atlanta, United States, 1 day ago
What could possibly go wrong?
epc, Ballymena, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Midnight420, Detroit, United States, 1 day ago
Capitalism meets state capitalist fas-m to produce a sl-e labor made product for US market prices and consumption....sounds familiar, no?
Two Two Twain, Ocean View, Panama, 1 day ago
I think they want Chinese market. Are you saying Capitalism is bad?
alsocurious, copenhagen, Denmark, 1 day ago
But why so expensive? It's a frame with a hood, some seating, 4 wheels, 4 electric motors and a large battery. But $50K? Making it of gold is a poor choice - gold is so much softer than steel.
Blueshark71, Orpington, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
If it is so easy why don't you make one yourself.
Clic, Cockaigne., United Kingdom, 18 hours ago
Blue shark, Yes everything is easy from the comfort of your armchair.