Tesla’s parking lot at Shanghai’s Giga Factory 3 is full of Model 3 made in China. This is a sign that Tesla has tamped up production after receiving government permission to sell and deliver locally manufactured electric vehicles to customers across the country.
Tesla owner and Twitter user @JayinShanghai recently shared a photo showing that about 500 Model 3s occupy almost all parking spaces at Tesla’s Shanghai plant. This is very different from the picture posted a few days ago, when about 100 new cars were parked in the parking lot.
It now appears that Tesla is increasing Model 3 production to meet strong market demand. In the third quarter of 2019 financial report, Tesla mentioned that China may become the largest market for Model 3.
Not long ago, someone saw the transport trucks leaving the Tesla Shanghai factory with a Chinese-made Model 3, and they were probably being sent to customer showrooms and distribution centers.
On December 6, Tesla China announced that the Model 3 was included in the new electric vehicle subsidy list issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, indicating that the electric vehicle manufacturer has obtained a license to deliver Model 3 to customers.
The Chinese-made Tesla Model 3 starts at 355,800 yuan, and subsidies for the two models may save buyers up to 24,700 yuan. The delivery date may also be earlier than the earlier estimate of late January 2020.
Tesla’s Shanghai plant broke ground in January this year, and was completed and ready for production within 10 months. The progress made in China shows that Tesla will not only be able to compete in the global market, but will soon begin to share a share of the world’s largest electric vehicle market.
Tesla is planning to increase its number of fast charging stations in China to 362, a 39% increase. The company will also increase its service centers from 29 to 63 in the coming months. Tesla’s Chinese executives have also created Weibo accounts so customers can contact them directly.