A French Tesla Model 3 buyer posted a copy of an invoice confirming that the copy he bought was assembled in China. This confirms previous reports of Tesla’s intention to sell Model 3s in Europe, assembled at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai.
Tesla does not yet have a factory in Europe – the Gigafactory 4 under construction in Berlin will start working only in 2021 and the first thing will be the Model Y assembly line. Until recently, Tesla imported Model 3 cars from the United States to Europe. However, limited supplies and a higher price tag due to the payment of the necessary duties did not prevent the Model 3 from becoming the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe. Tesla originally planned that the Gigafactory 3 would operate exclusively for the local Chinese market and that Model 3 sedans built in China would not be sold anywhere else.
Not so long ago, Tesla introduced an updated Model 3 version of the Standard Range Plus to the Chinese market – it received CATL lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries. The main advantage of LFP batteries is the absence of cobalt, the most expensive component in modern electric vehicle batteries. The new Model 3 SR, built in China, is cheaper to manufacture than its US-made counterpart. Apparently, this is what prompted the manufacturer to change strategies and start selling Model 3 SRs built in China in Europe, along with the LR and Performance versions made in the USA.
As you can see on the receipt, in France the price of the Model 3 Standard Range Plus is € 46,600, including taxes of € 8,267. 430 km).
Tesla is about to start mass production of Model Y crossovers on the Phase 2 line at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, and it is possible that they will also end up in Europe.
Source: Green drive