Tesla said today that it plans to begin delivering the Chinese-made Model 3 electric car by the end of January. There is no doubt that this is another sign that Tesla’s Shanghai plant is about to go into mass production. “We are working hard to gradually deliver before the Chinese New Year, so that our customers can drive home the Model 3 sedan made in a Chinese factory,” Tesla said in an interview withmedia today. “
Tesla’s delivery refers to the first electric vehicles to be mass-produced at tesla’s Shanghai plant later this year, rather than the test vehicles that the plant has been producing in small production recently. Tesla said last month that it expected to begin delivering vehicles to customers in the first quarter of next year, but did not specify which months.
Tesla’s Shanghai plant, which has an investment of about $2 billion, will be mass-produced by the end of December. Tesla officially announced last month that the Chinese-made Model 3 Standard Battery Extension is officially open for bookings starting at 355,800 yuan.
Tesla said in April that it could produce at least 1,000 Model 3s a week by the end of the year. But there are also media reports that the Shanghai plant could produce about 3,000 Model 3s a week by the end of the year.
Analysts say the Chinese plant is crucial to Tesla’s ability to meet its sales targets this year and its future success. At present, Tesla’s development momentum in China’s electric vehicle market is growing. Even before the Shanghai plant opened, import data from Tesla China showed that imports of electric vehicles from Tesla rose 168 percent year-on-year.