Tesla begins exporting Chinese-made Model 3 to Europe


Tesla is starting to export China-made Model 3 vehicles to Europe – something the automaker initially said it had no plans to do.When Tesla started building its Gigafactory in Shanghai, in an attempt to reassure people that the automaker wasn’t just moving its production capacity to China, CEO Elon Musk insisted he had to meet local demand in China and not export to other markets.

Optics have been very important since the plant was announced at the height of the trade war between the United States and China.

Last month, reports from China said Tesla had changed its mind and now plans to start exporting China-made Model 3 vehicles to other markets.

With the changes made to the Model 3 this week, Tesla has pushed back the delivery schedule for the Model 3 Standard Range Plus to European markets.

Now it looks like we have an explanation for the longer delivery time as new buyers of the Standard Plus Model 3 lineup in Europe are being told their cars are coming from China.

Here is an invoice from a new Tesla Model 3 buyer in France that shows the Model 3 is made in China (via Green Drive):

In France, the Model 3 Standard Range Plus is priced at € 46,600, including € 8,267 in taxes.

Tesla recently updated its Model 3 Standard Range Plus in China with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries from Chinese battery maker CATL.

This led to lower prices and an increase in range earlier this month for Chinese customers.

Taking Electrek

It’s a pretty important decision.

If I can venture into speculation, I think with Fremont focusing on Model Y production and Tesla increasing its capacity at Gigafactory Shanghai, it may make more sense for Tesla to send Model 3 vehicles from China to China. Europe until they have local production at Gigafactory. Berlin.

Tesla is certainly not the only one doing this.

BMW and Polestar both now produce electric vehicles in China which they sell in Europe.

What do you think of this move? Are you okay with getting Tesla vehicles made in China rather than vehicles made in California? Even with LFP batteries? Let us know in the comment section below.

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