Tesla has begun delivering Model 3 sedan EV manufactured at its Shanghai factory in just under a year because it started work on the $2 billion facility, a record for global auto companies in China, and stated it would increase deliveries from next month.
The U.S. EV maker marked the beginning with an event on Monday where 15 Tesla workers received cars they’d bought, one of whom took the opportunity to propose marriage to his girlfriend after getting his new set of wheels.
The China-made Model 3 sedans are worth 355,800 yuan ($50,000) before subsidies. Imported Model 3 automobiles begin at 439,000 yuan for the longer-range model, while the standard range plus model is worth under $40,000 in the USA.
The Shanghai facility, up and operating in 357 days, is a part of Tesla’s plans to reinforce its presence on the planet’s most significant automobile market and minimize the impact of the U.S.-China trade row.
The auto company, which previously imported all of the automobiles it sold in China, had stated it intended to begin deliveries from the Shanghai facility before the Lunar New Year starting on January 25.
China GM for the Silicon Valley EV-maker Wang Hao stated Tesla plans to increase Model 3 sedans deliveries in January.
The Chinese government has embraced the plan of the manufacturing facility, the first wholly overseas-owned automobile plant, and a reflection of Beijing’s broader switch to open up its auto marketplace.
Tesla has taken a different strategy to the Chinese market, the world’s greatest for EVs with 1.3 million new-energy autos sold in 2018, as is evident from its marketing blitz in the nation that’s quite unlike anywhere else.
The corporate and its ornate billionaire CEO Elon Musk openly despise marketing; however, in China, Tesla has done racing events and showroom parties.