New Zealand’s Teslas set to be made in China

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Words: Matthew Hansen
14 Sep 2020

Fresh information from Tesla insiders has revealed the markets which are likely to be served by its new GigaFactory in Shanghai, China. And included in those is New Zealand.

While it’s yet to be formally announced by Tesla, according to Bloomberg ‘private sources’ have emerged stating that Europe, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand are likely to be fueled by the Chinese factory — potentially as soon as the fourth quarter of 2020.

At the moment, Kiwis who order a new Tesla have to wait for it to be shipped from the company’s factory in Fremont, California.

Shifting the source to China would hopefully mean reduced delivery times for local orders. The lower cost of production in China will also aid Tesla’s bottom line rather than cheaper pricing.

For the moment, the only Tesla set to be produced at the Shanghai plant is the brand’s most popular model — the Model 3. But given the parts shared between the two body styles, one would expect that the Model Y is also a likely candidate for Chinese production.

Tesla isn’t the only manufacturer shifting a portion of its EV production to China. BMW is doing the same for its upcoming iX3 SUV.

Volkswagen, meanwhile, injected a US$2billion investment into its EV production facilities in China earlier this year via its tie-up with local manufacturer JAC.

 

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