China-built Tesla cars recommended for subsidies: ministry

06 December 2019 - 12:29 By Reuters
Tesla's Gigafactory seen in this aerial photograph taken in Shanghai, China, on November 1 2019.
Tesla's Gigafactory seen in this aerial photograph taken in Shanghai, China, on November 1 2019.
Image: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

China's industry ministry has placed Chinese-built Tesla Inc Model 3 cars on a list of vehicles recommended to receive subsidies for new energy vehicles, a move that will help the US firm's push into the world's biggest auto market.

Two variants of Tesla Model 3 vehicles are on a recommendation list for China's generous subsidies for new energy vehicles (NEV), according to a post on the website of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The California-based electric vehicle maker, which is building cars in a $2 billion (R29,304,600,000) factory in Shanghai, aims to make more than 1,000 vehicles a week by the end of 2019 and deliver the China-made vehicles before the Chinese new year on January 25.

The annual capacity at the plant in its first phase is expected to reach 250,000 vehicles, equivalent to about 4,800 a week. This will include 150,000 Model 3 cars.

It was not immediately clear how much of a subsidy the vehicles would receive. A Tesla representative confirmed the company's vehicles had been recommended for subsidies.

China hopes sales of NEVs, which include plug-in hybrids, battery-only electric vehicles and those powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which constituted about 4.6% of the overall market in 2018, can reach a quarter of car sales in 2025.

Tesla, led by billionaire Elon Musk, is planning a broad aftersales network in China. 


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