Tesla is beginning to export made-in-China Mannequin 3 automobiles to Europe – one thing the automaker initially mentioned it didn’t plan to do.

When Tesla began constructing its Gigafactory in Shanghai, in an try and reassure those that the automaker wasn’t simply shifting manufacturing capability to China, CEO Elon Musk was adamant that it was to produce native demand in China and to not export to different markets.

The optics have been crucial for the reason that manufacturing unit was introduced amid the height of the commerce conflict between the US and China.

Final month, experiences popping out of China indicated that Tesla changed its mind and was now planning to start exporting made-in-China Model 3 vehicles to different markets.

With the modifications that have been made to the Mannequin 3 this week, Tesla pushed the supply timeline of the Mannequin 3 Customary Vary Plus in European markets.

Now it appears like we’ve an evidence for the longer supply delay as new Mannequin 3 Customary Vary Plus consumers in Europe are being instructed that their automobiles are coming from China.

Right here’s a invoice from a brand new Tesla Mannequin 3 purchaser in France that exhibits the Mannequin 3 is made in China (by way of Green Drive):

In France, the Mannequin 3 Customary Vary Plus is listed 46,600 €, together with 8,267 € in taxes.

Tesla lately up to date its Mannequin 3 Customary Vary Plus in China with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries from Chinese language battery maker CATL.

It resulted in a price drop and a range increase earlier this month for Chinese language clients.

Electrek’s Take

That is fairly an vital transfer.

If I could enterprise into some hypothesis, I believe that with Fremont specializing in Mannequin Y manufacturing and Tesla ramping up capability at Gigafactory Shanghai, it might make extra sense for Tesla to ship Mannequin 3 automobiles from China to Europe till they’ve native manufacturing at Gigafactory Berlin.

Tesla is actually not alone in doing this.

BMW and Polestar are actually each producing electrical automobiles in China that they’re promoting in Europe.

How do you’re feeling about this transfer? Are you OK with getting made-in-China Tesla automobiles as a substitute of made-in-California? Even with LFP batteries? Tell us within the remark part under.

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