Shortly after announcing its plans to build vehicles in China in order to supply demand in the country, Tesla announced its plan to begin exporting made-in-China Model 3 units to different markets, including Europe.
During an event to celebrate the first shipmen, Tesla’s head in China, Zhu Xiaotong, said: “Today is just 10 months before the delivery of the first batch of Model 3 made in China. Model 3 made in China can now not only supply the Chinese market on a large scale, but also pass all the certification requirements for entering the European market.”
According to The Paper (translated from Chinese) “On October 26, an event for the Chinese-made vehicles exported to Europe was held at the Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai. Approximately 7,000 Chinese-made Model 3 vehicles will set off tomorrow for export to the European market. They are expected to arrive at Belgian ports at the end of next month and are sold to a dozen of countries including Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, and Sweden.”
Tesla is currently capable of producing 3,500-4,000 vehicle weekly at Gigafactory Shanghai according to the Shanghai Executive Deputy Mayor who was in attendance at the event. With this, Tesla joins companies such as Polestar and BMW who also produce electric vehicles in China and export them to the European market.