Friday, September 11, 2020

Tesla will export Model 3 from China


 Tesla started building the popular Model 3 in China a few months ago. These cars are only sold in the Chinese market. Basically, what all other car manufacturers have been doing for decades.

Until a few years ago, no one building cars in China was selling them in Europe or the US. That changes a few years ago with Chinese made Volvos being sold here and in Europe. Also with GM selling Chinese made Buick Envisions and the Plug-in version of the Cadillac CT-6 in the US.

Now, we learn that Tesla will not wait for the European factory to produce cars, and will ship Chinese made units to Europe later next year. 

Not only to Europe, but Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. I guess the US factory is just too busy. And the German one will be strictly for European deliveries.

Of course, a Model 3 built-in China has to cost a bit less than the one built in the US. Or eventually, Germany. I am actually surprised to see how many cars Tesla has been able to deliver so far, with only the California factory and its tent. 

Could we eventually see some of the Chinese built Teslas in the US? Or the ones from Germany?

It seems the Freemont factory, as well as the upcoming Texas one, could be enough to feed the Chinese market, but who knows... Larger profit margins are very tempting.

 

4 comments:

Bruce Sanders said...

You are leaving one thing our of your Tesla sales estimates. Every single other automotive manufacturer has or will have a portfolio of electric vehicles on the way to the marketplace. I was looking at a Model 3, but have an appointment to drive a new Polestar 2 next Thursday. Competition - legitimate competition is coming to Tesla.

Bruce Sanders said...

You are leaving one thing our of your Tesla sales estimates. Every single other automotive manufacturer has or will have a portfolio of electric vehicles on the way to the marketplace. I was looking at a Model 3, but have an appointment to drive a new Polestar 2 next Thursday. Competition - legitimate competition is coming to Tesla.

chuchurocket said...

Here comes the people logging onto their made in china ipad/iphone/galaxy while wearing made in china clothing to complain about the made in china tesla car lol

Anonymous said...

Here I am thinking Tesla build quality can only improve. Elon Musk: "Hold my beer"