Tesla has opened up Model 3 orders to customers in China
Tesla is now taking orders for the Model 3 from customers in China, according to its website.
Reuters was the first to report that Tesla is taking orders in China.
Tesla won’t confirm or comment on the information published on its own China-focused website. Tesla CEO Elon Musk did say in a tweet Thursday that some deliveries to customers in China will probably begin in March, but “April is more certain.”
Customers must place a deposit of 8,000 yuan, or about $1,153, to begin their booking, according to materials on Tesla’s China website. They are eventually invited to configure the car to their liking (items such as paint color and other features). Once they complete the car purchase agreement, the remaining amount is due.
It appears, based on the FAQs section, that Tesla will make most of the options (including the Performance variant) that are available in the U.S. accessible to Chinese customers, as well. It’s unclear if the cheaper mid-range version of the Model 3 will be sold in China.
Tesla has had mixed success in China, home of the world’s largest EV market. When Tesla first began delivering Model S vehicles to China in 2014, the company went on a hiring spree and eventually amassed a staff of 600 people. Tesla opened stores and service centers and erected fast-charging stations known as superchargers.
Tesla sold an estimated 3,500 cars in 2014, below its sales goal and behind electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles produced by Chinese rivals BYD and BAIC. Those sales continued to lag in the beginning of 2015. Tesla pulled off a turnaround in China by 2016, tripling its sales over the previous year, and extended gains into 2017.
Now, it’s facing new headwinds thanks to pressure from new tariffs.
Last month, Tesla announced plans to speed up construction of a factory in Shanghai as tariffs, shipping costs and missed incentives continue to drive up the price of the company’s electric vehicles and dampen demand.
Trade tensions between the U.S. and China have led to 40 percent tariffs on Tesla vehicles compared to 15 percent duties placed on imported autos from other countries. The tariffs, combined with the cost of shipping its vehicles via ocean carrier and the lack of access to cash incentives that are available to locally produced electric vehicles, has put the company at a disadvantage, the company warned at the time.
As a result, Tesla said it’s now operating at a 55 percent to 60 percent cost disadvantage compared to the exact same car locally produced in China.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46522.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
UPPERCUT9 hours ago
a month after the first sale, a new company called 'Tes-lau' will intro their strangely similar electric vehicles for a 1/10 of the price!
Patrick9 hours ago
You mean to engineers who want to copy the model 3
LIBERAL NUTCASE9 hours ago
Is that really a good IDEA? China is known for reverse engineering stuff that the US makes and sells it for cheaper.... Tesla might have screwed their company....
JJ30309 hours ago
Lol.... we'll see them for half the cost in about a year... which will be sooner than customers will see an actual base model 3... Lol...
Robert9 hours ago
Thats a mistake they will dismantle it and start selling there own Cusula electric car and it will be a complete copy but no quality.
Justin Case9 hours ago
China, where there is a 24% surcharge on vehicle registrations.
Great car market over there.
tat6 hours ago
Selling to China is a bad move, but they have already reverse engineered it soon as it came out.
Infidel9 hours ago
I just don't get who Tesla's customers are. Is it a status symbol or something - like Range Rover? Is it a statement that I can buy an overpriced hunk of junk garage queen because I have lots of money to waste on junk vehicles?
--8 hours ago
You should not be building cars for any other country until you have completed all of the pending orders from customers in the USA.
An American company should be putting Americans first.
There are still plenty of people that are still waiting for the $35K version of the Model 3, which you have not even started yet. These need to be included in the pending orders before you start selling more expensive vehicles to other people in other countries.
L6 hours ago
Haha “ Tesla 4 made in China “ will release in 2019
Anonymous9 hours ago
I'm interested in what this does for their stock.
AnnieMouse7 hours ago
Will Chinese customers receive their cars before American customers who have been waiting months?
grapermelon3 hours ago
What I don't understand is, what if you can't find a place to charge the batteries or have to drive very far to do so?
moder7 hours ago
A car with 250 miles of driving range and needs hours to refuel.
Republican(USA) Democrat(China)9 hours ago
Very soon the chinese version called 'Tasla' will be available at less than quarter of the price..
Mr. Mango To You9 hours ago
Musk is purchasing more trucks to deliver the Teslas to China.
Fake Indian Warren9 hours ago
Desparate Tesla trying to get funds from a new source since Americans have caught on to their scam.
Matthew7 hours ago
They can't deliver the ones here, so how are they going to ship them to China? Will Elon buy a shipping company? On the return trip China will deliver the copies they made!
Larry9 hours ago
Tesla Modle 3 now sells for $9999.00 on Alibaba
alex6 hours ago
yahoo socialists love TESLA, news flash its too late...China EV market is already saturated, and also Chinese wont throw subsidies for buying one:):)
na5 hours ago
Order now. Receive it in 5 years.
Milinko8 hours ago
Cant even keep up productions for Americans , what makes them think they can keep up with orders from China?
Gary9 hours ago
Let's see trumpty dumpty stop Tesla from doing business with China. LOL !!!
Roman9 hours ago
Coming soon to China: The Tessla Model 4.
Tessla Model 4很快就会在中国上市。
Gary9 hours ago
I am waiting on the Chinesla. The will be nice.
moder7 hours ago
Tesla's demand for the Model 3 is drying up in the U.S.
Tank8 hours ago
The Chinese will have their version out within the year--for 1/3 the price.
michael reese9 hours ago
Trump is doing everything he can to destroy the economy.