Recently, it was announced that Tesla plans to increase the price of the imported Model 3 in China in January, a move that comes at a time when the domestic version of the Model 3 is about to begin delivery. So, whether the price increase is true, what is the reason behind it, to see the reporter in Shanghai several Tesla stores visit. Reporters visited a number of Tesla Experience Center stores in Shanghai learned that from January next year, Tesla will raise the price of Model 3 imported cars in China, but before January to pay 20,000 yuan of intention, you can lock in the current price.
Staff at a Tesla Experience Center in Shanghai: All model3s imported in January will go up because we are directly based in the U.S., and if prices go up there, it will directly affect prices in China.
Shanghai, a Tesla Experience Center staff: imported (Model 3) to increase prices, domestic (Model 3) is now about 480 kilometers, imported (Model 3) is 590 kilometers, 100 kilometers, but the price is 100,000.
Reporters note that on Tesla’s U.S. website, two modelmodels of the Model 3 have already raised prices, with the Standard Battery Plus Model 3 having been adjusted from $39,490 to $39,990 and the long-range all-wheel drive version adjusted from $48,490 to $48,990.
Sales staff told reporters that on the evening of December 11, internal staff have received notice of price increases. The company did not respond to a request for comment by contacting Tesla’s China official. The reporter then called Tesla China’s official website 400 customer service phone to confirm.
Tesla pre-sales customer service: the U.S. side has completed the price increase, the U.S. car price (above) adjusted by 500 dollars, at least 500 dollars, so the domestic side it is also synchronous price adjustment, estimated that this time will occur (next year) in January. Previous price changes are because of the exchange rate or import duties, and then there is the United States side of the overall price adjustment, we will also adjust.
Tesla 4S store staff: this $500 and tariffs have not much to do with the increase in the cost of the car price, next year it will have a separate factor, is the purchase tax policy, do not know whether next year will change. (Imported Model 3) the current car is very, very few, may be configured without a particularly many options, many colors, interiors, wheels, can not be selected as you like.
According to Tesla’s China website, There are currently three Model 3 models that Chinese users can order. The domestic version is the standard battery upgrade version, the price is 3558 million yuan, the import version has long-term battery and high-performance two models, the price is 4399 million yuan and 5099 million yuan, respectively, tesla China official website has not yet displayed price adjustment information.
On December 6, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released the “New Energy Vehicle Promotion and Application Recommended Model Catalog”, in which Tesla was selected. Under the subsidy policy, Chinese car owners can enjoy a subsidy of 24.75 million yuan when they buy a domestic version of model 3. In fact, since mid-2018, Tesla has made nine price increases, five price increases and four price cuts, including the recently announced starting price of 355,800 yuan for the domestic Model 3, which is nearly $30,000 higher than the planned price.