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Tesla delivers its first China-made cars

Tesla has delivered its first China-built cars, just 357 days after construction started at its multibillion-dollar Shanghai plant.

Construction of the company’s first plant outside the US began last January and production started in October.

Tesla Model 3

Reuters reported that Elon Musk’s auto firm handed over the first 15 Model 3 cars assembled at the factory to company employees at the facility.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the Chinese government recently added the China-made Model 3 to the list of new energy vehicles exempt from purchase tax.

The Shanghai-based factory, which is China’s first wholly foreign-owned car plant, is part of Tesla’s plans to bolster its presence in China – the world’s biggest auto market – and to minimise the impact of the US-China trade war.

Reuters also reported last November that Tesla is building service centres and charging stations across China to assure customers of standardised after-sales service.

1.3 million electric vehicle were sold in China as of year end 2018, making it the world’s largest EV market.