Tesla introduced its first model 3, made in China at the Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, and has now even started delivering media test drives to the car before sales began.
During its profits last month, the Carmaker confirmed that it produces complete vehicles in the new factory as part of its trial production: Shanghai. We have cleared the initial stages of our production license and are working to finalize the license and meet other government requirements before we begin growing production and delivery of vehicles from Shanghai.
Earlier this week, President Robin Denholm confirmed that Tesla is indeed still seeking "production certification" and they expect to receive it by the end of the year:
"We are working with local authorities to get ours a production certificate that we hope to be able to obtain by the end of the year. "
However, the manufacturer is still producing Model 3 vehicles as part of its factory production in the meantime.
Last week, we reported that Tesla hooked up some of the factory's first Model 3 vehicles.
Although it seems that the manufacturer does not yet have the government approval to officially launch production and sales, he did use the first few cars to give
Based on a quick review of the reporting so far, it looks like the car is quite well received.
Here is an example of Chinese media coverage of the "made in in China" 3 model with English subtitles:
Electrek & # 39; s Take
The "miracle" really is that Tesla was able to assemble an entire Tesla Model 3 at Gigafactory Shanghai only about 9 months after the factory crash.
There are still questions about how much the car is being built at the factory, but the car is at least assembled at the factory, which is impressive in itself.
As previously reported, the start of production will be a major milestone as it will be the first wholly-owned electric vehicle factory in China and the second Tesla electric vehicle manufacturing plant.
But also for Tesla, it will open a larger market for them in China with lower prices and better access to EV incentives.
We will closely monitor any announcement regarding the approval of the Government and the formal commencement of proceedings within the next few days.
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