Tesla seeks approval to construct longer vary Mannequin 3s in China

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FILE PHOTO: China-made Tesla Mannequin three electrical automobiles are seen on the Gigafactory of electrical automobile maker Tesla Inc in Shanghai, China December 2, 2019. Information/Aly Tune/File Picture

BEIJING (Information) – Tesla Inc is searching for approval from Chinese language regulators to supply a brand new China-made Mannequin three variant, a authorities doc reveals.

The variant would have an extended driving vary, a supply acquainted with the matter mentioned.

Like the present China-made Mannequin three, which has an ordinary driving vary of greater than 400 kilometers, it will be a rear-wheel drive car, the supply mentioned, who was not licensed to speak concerning the matter and declined to be recognized.

Tesla, which began delivering vehicles in December from its $2 billion Shanghai manufacturing unit, additionally sells longer vary imported Mannequin 3s with all-wheel drive in China.

The electrical car maker restarted manufacturing in Shanghai on Monday after the federal government ended an prolonged vacation that had been put in place as a result of new coronavirus outbreak.

Reporting by Yilei Solar in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Modifying by Edwina Gibbs