Telsa will be starting to deliver the first China-made Model 3s to the public at an event on Jan 7, 2020. The event takes place at its Shanghai plant, a representative of the firm told Reuters news agency on Thursday. This plant part of the Silicon Valley automakers plans to strengthen its presence in the world’s largest auto market and reduce the impact of the US-China trade war.
In October, the first China-made Models rolled off from the production, and now the fifteen employees who already purchased the car is about the receive it on Monday.
After the construction of Tesla’s only plant outside the United States, the delivery is about to begin, which took almost a year. In October, the production started with a target of 250,000 vehicles a year once the Model Y is added to the group.
The price of the model 3 is around $50,000 (CNY 355,800) before subsidies. Previously, Telsa wanted to start the delivery before the Chinese new year. Tesla’s China GM Wang Hao stated the company plans to ramp up the delivery of Model 3 in January.
Tesla executives informed reporters that the target of producing 1000 cars a week (around 280 vehicles a day) was achieved and the sale has also been ‘very good’ so far.
© Thomson Reuters 2019 (Reporting by Yilei Sun and Brenda Goh; Editing by Shri Navaratnam; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)