Previously, Tesla China revealed the price of the Model 3 Standard Range Plus variant that will be produced in Gigafactory 3. Starting at 328,000 RMB (~ $ 47,400), the locally manufactured vehicle is 49,000 RMB (~ $ 7,000) cheaper than USA UU He made the price of Model 3 SR +, which was quoted at RMB 377,000 (~ $ 54,500). The savings for the locally manufactured vehicle are significant, although Tesla noted that the expected delivery time for the electric sedan produced by Gigafactory 3 is 6 to 10 months.
While the price of the Made-in-China SR + model continues to place the vehicle in the same price range as that of competitors such as the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Clbad (versions made in China are also sold around the 330,000 RMB range or $ 47,700), the Silicon Valley electric sedan has notable advantages in the way customers could save on taxes and license fees. With a rating of 460 km (285 miles) per load according to NEDC standards, the Model 3 produced by Tesla's Gigafactory 3 is likely to be the company's vehicle for the Chinese market.
Immediately after the orders were opened, Tesla enthusiasts in China noticed that the official website of the company was slowing down significantly. It was not long before the official Weibo Tibo account published an update that apologized for the slowdowns on its official site. According to the electric car manufacturer, the first order for Model 3 Made-in-China was completed within 3 minutes after the opening of the reservations, and then more orders were made.
"The first order (was completed) within 3 minutes of the opening of the reservation. Due to the high demand of the Chinese-made Model 3 on the official Tesla website, the traffic is too large; please, be patient. Or visit the stores, "wrote Tesla.
Finally, the Tesla website in China seemed overwhelmed with traffic and showed 404 errors for users trying to access the site. Tesla enthusiast @arcandrally, who tried to access the Model 3 configurator in China, noted that Tesla.cn began diverting online traffic to experienced stores as a temporary solution.
While several Chinese social media users expressed disappointment at the higher-than-expected start price of the Model 3 produced by Gigafactory 3, the launch of the vehicle was received with the widespread support of Tesla and the electric car community. In general, it seems that the large amount of traffic that drowned Tesla China's website shows only a hint of the interest that surrounds the vehicle by the public of the country that buys cars.
At the center of Tesla's momentum in China with the locally manufactured Model 3 is Gigafactory 3, whose factory structure is now almost complete. After the construction of the factory's housing, the facilities will undergo a hardening of the land in June. These will be followed by pipeline communication, equipment parking, equipment commissioning and production testing, which could begin in September, unless unexpected problems arise.