1st Batch China-produced Tesla Vehicles Delivered In Shanghai

Fifteen China-produced Tesla Model 3 vehicles were handed dover to company employees at its overseas plant in Shanghai and deliveries to customers will start in next January.

SHANGHAI, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- The first batch of vehicles produced by U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Inc.'s overseas plant in Shanghai was delivered Monday.

Fifteen Model 3 cars built in Shanghai were handed over to company employees at the Shanghai facility Monday. And deliveries to customers will start in January, company officials said at a ceremony to mark the delivery.

Photo taken on Dec. 30, 2019 shows a delivery ceremony of Tesla's Model 3 vehicles in Shanghai, east China. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)

Tesla signed the agreement with the Shanghai municipal government in July 2018 to build the factory. In October 2018, the company was approved to use an 864,885-square-meter tract of land in Lingang Area, a high-end manufacturing park in the southeast harbor of Shanghai, for its Shanghai plant.

Tesla broke ground on Jan. 7 in Shanghai on its first overseas factory. The Shanghai plant is designed with an annual capacity of 500,000 electric cars.

A delivered Tesla Model 3 vehicle leaves the factory workshop in Shanghai, east China, Dec. 30, 2019. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)

The Shanghai mega factory now can produce 280 electric cars per day and will increase its production capacity, said Song Gang, the plant's manufacturing director.

The proportion of the car parts produced in China will also be increased from the current 30 percent to 100 percent at the end of 2020, Song added.