Tesla shares rebound on plan to deliver Model 3 in China in March

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-05 00:19:38|Editor: yan
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NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Shares of Tesla rebounded more than 2 percent in morning trading on Friday after it became clear that the electric vehicle giant plans to deliver Model 3s to buyers in China in March.

It is clear based on information from the official Chinese website of Tesla that customers are now allowed to order Model 3s on the site.

The price is set respectively at 499,000 yuan (72,000 U.S. dollars) for the model with a long-range battery, and 560,000 yuan (81,500 U.S. dollars) for the high-performance version featuring dual motor all-wheel drive.

Shares of Tesla traded at 308 U.S. dollars each about 40 minutes into the morning session on Friday, clawing back some of their sharp losses of more than 3 percent on Wednesday and nearly 10 percent on Tuesday, respectively. The losses were attributed to reports that Tesla had over 3,000 Model 3s in inventory in the United States by Dec. 30, 2018.

Tesla announced it delivered 90,700 vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2018, weaker than market expectations.

Separately, Tesla confirmed in its third quarter financial report in October 2018 that it would bring "portions of Model 3 production" to China, now the world's largest vehicle market.

The company's Gigafactory, an electric vehicle manufacturing facility, has been under construction in Shanghai, which was the first Gigafactory outside the United States, after the Shanghai government and Tesla signed a cooperative agreement in July 2018.

"Shanghai will be the location for the first Gigafactory outside the United States. It will be a state-of-the-art vehicle factory and a role model for sustainability," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said.

Located in the Lingang area of Shanghai, the Tesla Gigafactory aims to build 500,000 electric vehicles per year. It is also one of the largest foreign-invested manufacturing projects in Shanghai.