Published on February 9, 2019 |
by guest contributor
9. February 2019 by Guest Contributor
|Unveiling Tesla Model 3 in China (Instagram: aprilyyuen )|
Originally published on X Auto.
By Iqtidar Ali
Tesla now offers a RWD model 3 variant in China which is considerably cheaper than Dual-Motor and Performance versions of the vehicle.
The decision to offer a more affordable version of the Tesla Model 3 came after almost a month to open the ordering process for the public. This decision is probably the result of Tesla China realizing that they will be able to penetrate the market further by providing cheaper alternatives to the public.
|Tesla Model 3 appears at the Shenzhen Auto Show along with their siblings, Model X and S aprilyyuen )|
The basic price for the Chinese model 3 RWD is set at $ 433,000 ($ 64,300), That is ¥ 66,000 ($ 9,800) cheaper than the non-performance Dual-Motor option available.
|Tesla model 3 rear wheel drive is offered in China with 600+ km range (Image: X Auto via Tesla)|
By viewing on the Chinese online model 3 configurator (screenshot above) we can see the series appearing is 600+ km ~ 372 miles), which seems strange as the largest battery pack available in the US offers ~ 310 miles (500 km) of reach. However, this calculation is based on another test method used in China, making comparison with other electric models in the country more appropriate.
|Model 3 draws a lot at a Tesla store in China (Instagram: aprilyyuen )|
Tesla Model 3 test stations are also now available at selected Tesla Stores in China, since some model 3 performance wagons reached the country's coasts recently. Reported by our friend JayinShanghai February 1 was the last day of test stations offered at the Jinqiao Tesla Store in Shanghai.
A look at Tesla Model 3's new aero wheel offered to Chinese customers (Youtube: JayinShanghai)
Another active member of the Chinese Tesla Community 小 特 叔叔 (@xiaoteshushu) Model 3 Performance for a two-week trip from Guangzhou to its hometown Zhangjiajie (around 1000 km each side of the trip). He sent us a fantastic picture from inside the Tesla Model 3 overlooking the Guangzhou cityscape at night.
|The first model 3 performance in Guangzhou, China. (Photo Credits: 小 特 叔叔 )|
Tesla's Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai is also on a fast track of construction and development, according to the latest reports and drone recordings – the Chinese giga factor will be delivering the local market with the most affordable base variants of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, according to Elon Musk.
|Tesla Model 3 hits the road in China (Instagram: aprilyyuen )|
Tesla Gigafactory 3 is expected to hit full production next year. Until then, Chinese Tesla customers will have these top three model trimmers available to them for purchase.
|A close-up of the aero wheels offered in China (Twitter: JayinShanghai )|
Hopefully we have more photos, videos and updates for you from these test stations, so stay up to date!