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SHANGHAI—Luxury electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. plans to begin production of its $76,000 and up vehicles in China within two years, where the government is vigorously promoting reduced-emissions vehicles.
Chief Executive Elon Musk said local production could cut sales prices of Tesla cars in China by a third, thanks to reduced shipping costs and avoidance of import duties. Mr. Musk’s remarks were made at a forum on Thursday at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
In China, the company’s Model S sedan price starts at 673,000 yuan, about $106,000, including duties and other taxe
The Tesla Model S P85D did so well on the Consumer Reports testing rubric that it broke the organization’s rating system on its way to earning the highest score of all time. The model stood out thanks to its near-instant acceleration (0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds in silence), an excellent 87 mpg equivalent, and a blend of “practicality and luxury.” But after collecting new information calling the Tesla’s reliability into question, Consumer Reports has pulled its recommendation.
Tallying up 1,400 surveys from people who have owned a Tesla Model S from the last three model years, Consumer Reports found problems with charging, sunroof leaks, door handle malfunctions, and drivetrain issues that required “full-blown replacements of the car’s electric motors.” In a video released on Tuesday , Consumer Reports director of auto testing Jake Fisher said:
“This extensive data allows us to forecast that owning a Tesla will likely mean worse than average reliability, a decline from last years average prediction… As a result the Model S will not receive the ‘recommended’ designation, even though it did so well in our separate road test evaluations. To be recommended a vehicle has to meet stringent testing, reliability, and safety standards, including having average or better predicted reliability.”
originally posted by: plainsailing
a reply to: Flatfish
That makes me wonder if the arrival of Tesla in China could really help electric cars take off over there. The air quality in Chinese cities is some of the worst anywhere in the world, so the sooner, the better.