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<pre><pre>Tesla opens Chinese pre-orders for cheaper Model 3s made in China
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Tesla has started taking pre-orders of Model 3 cars produced at the new Gigafactory in Shanghai, China. Bloomberg reports that the cars, available exclusively in China, will have a base price of 328,000 yuan ($ 47,510), 13 percent cheaper than the model imported from the US for a price of 377,000 yuan ($ 54,616). The Model 3s produced in China are the Standard Plus versions of the vehicle with a range of 460 km (286 miles). Tesla says it expects to start delivering from the Shanghai plant in the next six to ten months.

Tesla started making Model 3 deliveries in China back in March. These locally produced cars will allow the company to avoid import duties, which become a growing problem as the Trump government's trade war with China intensifies. The company has also said that a shifting production will make it possible to deliver faster. CEO Elon Musk described the challenge of shipping his & # 39; s worldwide from the company's only Nevada plant as & # 39; the most difficult logistical problem (he & # 39; s) ever seen during the last income visit of the company.

In addition to Chinese ambitions, the company also has announced that it now accepts preorders for the Model 3 in six other markets; Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Irelend and Macau.

Tesla is working hard to increase deliveries after a difficult period for the company that saw deliveries fall from 90,000 to 63,000 in one quarter. As a result, the company discontinued its profitable run to record a loss of $ 702 million. Earlier this month, Musk said the company would have no more money in 10 months if it did not make "hardcore" changes.

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Tesla only started the construction of the Shanghai Gigafactory early January, making the delivery schedule of six to ten months aggressive, even for Tesla. Longer-distance versions of the other Model 3 and Tesla vehicles are still imported from the US instead of being produced in China.