China's First Batch of Tesla Model 3 Cars Arrive in Shanghai
Dou Shicong
/SOURCE : yicai
China's First Batch of Tesla Model 3 Cars Arrive in Shanghai

(Yicai  Global) Feb. 22 -- The first batch of Tesla Model 3 sedans exported to  China reached Shanghai today, meaning the US electric vehicle giant will be able to deliver them to customers in the country before the end of the month. 

A  roll-on-roll-off ship named Morning Cindy arrived at Waigaoqiao Port  with more than 1,600 units on board early this morning, state-backed  online news outlet The Paper reported. 

The port is expected to finish unloading by 5.00 p.m. today, said Huang  Weidong, a consultant at Waigaoqiao Port Area Customs, adding that  testing of the vehicles will take place over the weekend. 

Tesla  opened pre-ordering for the Model 3 to the Chinese market in early  January, with three modules available for selection, priced at  CNY560,000 (USD83,275), CNY499,000 and CNY433,000, respectively. The  third long range, rear-wheel-drive variant of the Model 3 is currently  the cheapest Tesla available in the country. 

The  one-month turnaround from order to delivery was made possible as the US  carmaker offers higher priority to Chinese orders thanks to the  relatively low tariffs on imported US vehicles, a Tesla sale  representative said. 

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