Published on February 1st, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Tesla Model S Might Be Produced In China

February 1st, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas 2.

tesla-model-s-chinaChina could be a huge market equalizer for Tesla Motors, and Elon Musk’s fledging electric car company is making a big push in the People’s Republic. Not only will the Tesla Model S carry a comparatively-low price tag in China, but Musk is hopeful that sales will be so high that China will require a Tesla factory of its own.

A “Made in China” Model S would allow Tesla to avoid many of the hefty importation tariffs and taxes, and Musk thinks that demand in the pseudo-communist country could surpass the U.S., and soon. Musk says that China could be “ as big as the U.S. market, maybe bigger,” especially with the country considering strict emissions and car standards that will make pure electric vehicles more appealing.

Musk thinks that by next year, Tesla sales in China will match those in the U.S., and from there all bets are off. The Tesla Model S will cost just over $121,000 in China, and initial reports indicate a surge in interest in the new car. Tesla even won the rights to use its name, just in time for the first cars to go to their first owners. The next step? A country-spanning Supercharger network, and eventually, possibly, a factory on the Chinese mainland.

It would make Tesla vehicles even more affordable, and with an aggressive expansion across multiple continents planned, the little electric car maker shows no signs of slowing down.

Source: Bloomberg

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  • miles

    I can’t wait till I see the sales figures when the Tesla launches in China. Good move Elon, hopefully Tesla can come to Australia too.

    • Ronald Brakels

      A Tesla or other electric car manufacturer starting up in Australia is vaguely possible. I presume things would have to be done German style, high tech, high quality, high productivity, but I don’t see why it couldn’t be done. It seems like a long shot, but any interested companies should get in now while the government is likely to throw in big subsidies to ease the pain of our gasoline car industry dying. Just tell them that more coal will have to be burned to charge the electric cars and the Coalition will probably give you all sorts of handouts. Remember, it’s only welfare if the person getting the handout isn’t wearing a suit.

  • Jouni Valkonen

    Not likely that Model S is produced in China. But Model E perhaps.

    • CGriffin

      Tesla will continue to make the Model S and all future models intended to be delivered in North America right here in their Fremont, CA factory. They are considering building a factory in China ONLY for all models that will be sold in China and other SE Asian countries.

  • Sanjay kumar negi

    Why not in India or USA, why China always?

    • No way

      They already have a factory in the US. India is a mess in so many ways, get some structure in your country and you will see more high-tech companies like Tesla showing their interest in the region.

    • Jouni Valkonen

      China has high import tariffs, therefore it is more or less compulsory to have a factory in China, if you want to sell your products into Chinese markets.

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