Electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla on Monday delivered its first cars made in China, marking a big milestone for the electrical automobile maker. The company handed over the first 15 Model 3 sedans assembled at company’s new Shanghai plant to company employees at the facility and deliveries to customers will start in January next year.
China has been very supportive of Tesla since the agreement to build Gigafactory 3 was signed, and this has extended to the Made-in-China Model 3, which has received incentives from the government. The vehicle has also been exempted from a purchase tax, allowing would-be customers to acquire the MIC Model 3 at a lower price, news portal Teslarati reported.
The Chinese plant is part of Elon Musk’s plans to increase its presence in China and ease the negative impact of the trade war. Back November, he revealed plans to build a huge European production facility on the outskirts of Berlin in Germany. Tesla is also going to create an engineering and design centre in Berlin because “I think Berlin has some of the best art in the world,” TechCrunch reported Musk as saying last month.
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Recently, Tesla created a lot of buzz with its all-electric Cybertruck. Tesla Founder and CEO, Elon Musk, last month unveiled the much-awaited electric truck on stage at an event in Los Angeles. As part of the launch, the company shared information on different versions, price, range, availability, and other capabilities. Cybertruck is currently open for pre-orders but it will launch in late 2021. Looking at past Tesla launches, the Cybertruck launch may be delayed by a few months. Musk focused on the durability and ruggedness of the pickup truck during the launch.
Written with inputs from IANS