Tesla has started taking orders for its Model 3 sedan in China for a deposit of 8,000 yuan (US$1,153), Reuters reports, citing information posted on the electric carmaker’s China website.
Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said, “Probably some deliveries in March, but April is more certain”, after a Twitter user asked when the deliveries in China would begin.
Tesla had signed a deal with Shanghai authorities in July to build its first factory outside the United States.
The facility, which would cost around US$2 billion to construct, would double the size of its global manufacturing.
The Shanghai Gigafactory aims to manufacture Model 3 and Model Y cars, with annual capacity of 250,000 vehicles.
Tesla is said to be preparing to start producing about 3,000 Model 3s per week in Shanghai in the initial phase of its Gigafactory 3 to reduce the impact of tariffs.
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