Tesla resurrects long-range RWD Model 3 for the Chinese market
Now produces and sells the long-distance rear-wheel drive version of its Model 3 electric vehicle at its Shanghai plant, one month after receiving approval from the Chinese government.
This decision may not be a milestone, but it is remarkable because Tesla has stopped production of the long-range RWD Model 3 in the United States and now offers this variant only as a two-engine all-wheel drive. It also marks a change from Tesla’s original plan to sell a more basic version of the Model 3 in China.
The company has updated its China website showing the standard range plus model – the first vehicle produced at the Shanghai plant – as well as the long-range and performance RWD versions of the model 3. Bloomberg was the first to report change. The long-range RWD version starts at 366,550 yuan, or about $ 52,000 after the incentives. Deliveries of the long-range RWD version are expected to begin in June.
The standard range plus model starts at 323,800 yuan, or about $ 46,000, before local subsidies.
The standard range 3 plus model can travel 276 miles on a single charge, according to the Tesla website in China. The same website reports that the long-range Model 3 RWD has a range of 668 km, or 415 miles. These range estimates are based on the new European driving cycle, an indulgent standard that Europe replaced several years ago with WLTP. The range of actual words is probably much smaller.
Tesla started producing a more rear-wheel drive rear-end version of the Model 3 at its Shanghai plant late last year. The first deliveries began in early January. March’s approval by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology gave Tesla permission to add another variant to its Chinese portfolio.
Tesla plans to eventually build the Model Y electric vehicle at the Chinese plant.