Tesla to start shipping China-made Model 3s to Asian markets in push back to Trump’s plan to win back manufacturing jobs



a store inside of a building: Tesla vehicles are seen on an assembly line at the Gigafactory in Shanghai on January 7, 2020 before they roll out for local market debut. Photo: Xinhua


Tesla vehicles are seen on an assembly line at the Gigafactory in Shanghai on January 7, 2020 before they roll out for local market debut. Photo: Xinhua

Tesla is planning to export its Made-in-China electric cars to Asia-Pacific markets, a move seen as a pushback to President Donald Trump’s efforts to bring back manufacturing jobs to America, analysts said.

The carmaker will ship Model 3s produced at its US$2 billion Gigafactory outside Shanghai to reduce costs and shorten the delivery time to its customers in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, Bloomberg reported earlier on Friday, citing people familiar with the decision.

The move suggests Elon Musk will need to ramp up Tesla’s production capacity to meet demand around the region, and stay ahead of a slew of domestic electric-vehicle producers like Nio and Xpeng. These export markets are currently supplied by Tesla’s main factory in Fremont, California.

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