Tesla is starting to export China-made Model 3 cars to Europe, something the automaker initially said it had no plans to do.
When Tesla began building its Gigafactory in Shanghai, trying to reassure people that the automaker was not simply relocating production to China, CEO Elon Musk was adamant that it should meet local demand in China rather than export to other markets.
Optics was very important because the plant was declared at the height of the trade war between the United States and China.
Reports from China last month indicated that Tesla had changed its mind and now plans to begin exporting China-made Model 3 cars to other markets.
With changes made to the Model 3 this week, Tesla has set a deadline for the delivery of the Model 3 Standard Range Plus to European markets.
Now, we seem to have an explanation for the longer delivery delay, as buyers of new Standard Range Plus models in Europe are told that their cars are coming from China.
Here is an invoice from a new Tesla Model 3 buyer in France, which shows that the Model 3 is made in China (via Green Drive):
In France, the Model 3 Standard Range Plus lists € 46,600, including € 8,267 in taxes.
Tesla recently upgraded its 3 Standard Range Plus model in China with lithium phosphate iron batteries (LFP) from Chinese battery maker CATL.
This led to lower prices and an increase in the range earlier this month for Chinese customers.
This is a very important step.
If I can dare to speculate, I think that when Fremont focuses on Model Y production and increases Tesla’s capacity at Gigafactory Shanghai, it may be wiser for Tesla to send Model 3 cars from China to Europe until they get local production. Gigafactory. Berlin.
Tesla, of course, is not the only one doing this.
BMW and Polestar now produce electric cars in China, which they sell in Europe.
How do you feel about this move? Are you comfortable getting Chinese-made Tesla vehicles instead of California-made ones? Even with LFP batteries? Let us know in the comments section below.
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