Tesla To Build Wholly-Owned Shanghai Plant – Report
China usually requires foreign automakers to set up joint ventures with local Chinese partners, which involves splitting profits and giving away some technology, though they also avoid import tariffs.
AFP was not immediately able to obtain comment from Tesla or the Shanghai government.
China’s electric-vehicle market is already the world’s largest and is expected to continue growing fast, especially since the government plans to require that all automakers’ sales include a certain percentage of electric vehicles from 2019.
Beijing is also mulling plans to ban fossil-fuel burning cars by an unspecified date, following decisions by France and Britain to outlaw the sale of such vehicles from 2040 to limit emissions.
No timeframe for the launch of the Tesla plant was given.
Tesla had said in June that it was in talks with the Shanghai government and that it would detail its China manufacturing plans by the end of the year.
More than half a million “new-energy” cars were sold in China last year, and the government is targetting sales in the millions in coming years.
The Wall Street Journal said any cars built by Tesla in the free-trade zone would still incur a 25 percent import tariff.
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