BREAKING — First Shanghai-Made Tesla Model 3 Long Range Delivered Today

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Wednesday, May, 20, has seen the first Shanghai-made Tesla Model 3 Long Range vehicles delivered to customers, just 6 weeks after the vehicle’s order page was opened up in early April.

The news emerged from Chinese website The Paper. The Shanghai-made Tesla Model 3 Long Range is currently available in rear-wheel drive (RWD), and differs from the import Tesla Model 3s with distinctive Chinese badging (see image above). It has a 202 kW (281 hp) rear motor and a 77 kWh battery — fairly identical specs to the original US Model 3 Long Range RWD variant offered back in 2017–2018, but since discontinued. (Note: four of our writers have that variant and you can see long-term review articles of it here.)

The current price of the Tesla Model 3 Long Range in China starts at 344,000 RMB (around ~$48,000) after subsidies, as per Tesla’s website.

The entry level Shanghai-made Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus is priced from 272,550 RMB (~ $38,000) after subsidies.

In related news, Tesla Shanghai is also on track to lift production volume to 4,000 Model 3s per week as soon as next month (June 2020). Model Y is planned to be ready for production in Shanghai from Q1 2021, Tesla’s Grace Tao Lin told Xinhua in a recent interview:

We’ve seen building expansion continuing at a breakneck pace, mirroring the impressive energy of the phase 1 build in 2019. With this progress, it’s not hard to believe that the Model Y production lines may be ready for some pilot production even before the end of this year, like the Model 3 was in 2019 Q4. Here’s a recent update video on the build progress at the Shanghai site from documentarian Wuwa Vision:

Right now, things are looking good at Tesla Shanghai for 2020, with more than 125,000 vehicle deliveries possible over the full year. Anyone care to place a sporting bet on the final made-in-Shanghai delivery volume for 2020? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Article images courtesy of Tesla

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