Tesla delivered on Monday, December 30, the first cars produced at the brand's factory in China. The company marked the moment with an event in which it delivered the first 15 vehicles to as many Tesla employees produced at the Shanghai plant.
In addition to marking the start of factory deliveries in China, the moment is also highlighted by the fact that Tesla was able to set up a car production line in less than a year – construction of the factory in China only started in January and took 357 days. getting ready.
Tesla's initial goal was to deliver the first “made in China” cars before January 25, 2020, when the new Chinese year is celebrated. Tesla's $ 2 billion, about 1.78 billion, bet on China will translate into cheaper cars for local consumers: so far an imported Model 3 has cost about 440,000 renminbi. (€ 56,000) and now costs 355,000 renminbi (€ 45,400).
Wang Hao, Tesla director in China, stepped up to agency Reuters that the Shanghai factory is currently producing 280 cars a day and Model 3 sales have been 'very good'. The company also intends to double its sales team in the Asian country to a total of 1500 employees in the sales area alone. China is currently the world's largest market for electric cars, with 1.3 million vehicles sold in 2018.
The factory in China is Tesla's third in the world, after the two that already exist in the US. The company's fourth major factory will be located in Berlin, Germany, and is expected to be operational by 2021 – where the company expects to produce 500,000 cars a year.