5 things to know about Tesla’s China plans

Posted July 16, 2018

Tesla's quest to construct its third so-called gigafactory gained urgency as US President Donald Trump has engaged in a trade war that's ensnared imports of US vehicles into China. The production milestone was finally attained by the company during the final week of June, but it did not escape criticism from the company's doubters, some of whom predicted that the Model 3's 5,000/week "burst" production would be unsustainable.

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The factory will alter the geopolitical terrain of battery production.

In the past couple months, Tesla has ramped up production of the Model 3 and it became clearer that Tesla would reach the trigger first.

The US government subsidises purchases of electric cars with tax credits of up to $7,500 (£5,700), which apply to all of Tesla's cars. It is expected to serve as a research, manufacturing and sales center.

Tesla has hit a speed bump that will cut subsidies for customers buying its electric vehicles in the United States, after Elon Musk's carmaker hit a milestone of 200,000 sales. It will be their first overseas production and assembly plant. Tesla's official website also included a table comparing the Model S favorably to the Model 3, both in features and in availability.

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Following the change, Tesla buyers will only be eligible to receive the full $7,500 federal tax credit until December 31.

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For example, a buyer today who purchases a Model 3 for $50,000 (representing a long-range battery, rear-wheel drive auto with the required Premium Package), would get a tax credit that will bring the effective price down to $42,500. "Incredibly impressed with Tesla China team & potential for the future", Musk further tweeted.

Analysts estimate that China takes up 16 percent of the total number of deliveries Tesla made in 2017, behind only US who dominates at 48.6 percent.

The recent announcement by the Chinese government about an increase in tariff to 40% has delivered a hard blow to Tesla Motors, in terms of the cost of the electric vehicles which the company is presently selling in China. Tesla raised prices on its Model S and Model X by amounts between $20,000 and $30,000, depending on the model.

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