The first Tesla Model 3 made on the automaker's Chinese assembly line will be delivered on December 30, a company spokesman said. As the Engadget website points out, the event had been awaited for some time now, after all Elon Musk's company waited weeks for approval from the Chinese government.
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The first 15 electric vehicle units that left the company's Gigafactory 3 will all be delivered to Tesla employees. The expectation of the automaker is that deliveries to the general public will begin to be made before the Chinese New Year is celebrated, which takes place on January 25.
Construction on the Tesla Chinese factory began in December 2018 and the assembly line began producing vehicles in October 2019. According to Reuters, the automaker's plan is to manufacture approximately 250,000 cars a year at Gigafactory 3 – as soon as production reaches its expected flow, of course.
In addition to the Model 3, Tesla will also manufacture the Model Y roadster at its Chinese factory. Delivery of the first Gigafactory 3 vehicles is not expected to affect the automaker's finances in the fourth quarter of 2019. Nevertheless, Elon Musk's company is betting that sales in China will help accelerate Model 3 results from first quarter of 2019.
China's electric car market is suffering from declining sales, but it is still the largest in the world in this category. In 2018 alone, the Chinese bought approximately 1.3 million electric vehicles.