The first grey market Tesla Model 3 has arrived on Chinese shores
Official deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 in China won’t start before 2019. But China wants it now. And what China wants it will get, no matter what. Happily, the grey import is here to help. [updating story]
A very strange crash with a Tesla Model X in China. The accident happened a while ago, on January 29 in the great city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province, but was recently brought to out attention after we wrote about the Model X transport drama. The Shenzhen accident saw a white X crashing into a tree with an iron guardrail penetrating trough the windshield.
Bad luck for those who ordered one of these two Tesla Model X SUVs; they were dead and destroyed on arrival. The top floor of a large car transporttruck suddenly collapsed, sending the two heavy electrics to the bottom.
An accident involving a Tesla Model X. It happened on March 7 in Yiwu City in Zhejiang Province. The big electric SUV bumped into a Ford Transit van, which in turn bumped into two other vehicles. Happily, nobody was hurt. The owner of the Tesla blamed the autopilot.
Two Tesla Model S electric cars caught fire at Tesla’s Shanghai Jinqiao super charging station. Nobody got hurt but the cars were heavily damaged. The accident happened four days ago in the afternoon of March 4. What caused the fire is yet unknown.
The fire started in a P85, seen here on the left side. This car was not near or connected to a super charger. The fire then engulfed another Model S, on the right, which was parked next to a super charger, although it is unclear whether it was charging. Note the fire extinguishers in the foreground, at least 10 of them. The charging station was apparently not equipped with any heavier fire fighting equipment.
A brand new TeslaModel X has crashed in China, damaging the left-front fender, the bumper, headlight section, and the front suspension. The Model X was hit by a BYD F6 sedan on a crossing on an almost empty road in the city on Xinzheng near Zhengzhou in Henan Province.
The accident marks the first Model X crash in China. It happened around 19:00 on yesterday July 28. We don’t know whether the autopilot was on or not.
A very happy Tesla Model S, Spotted in China on the southern section of the Second Ring Road in Beijing. The good Tes’ was wrapped in an eye killing shiny Pink wrap and further sexed up with darkened rear lights, a very dark rear window, darkened side windows, and matte black alloys. The wrap nearly covered the bumpers, mirrors, and door handles; the holy trinity of a proper wrap.
The very first Tesla Model X has been seen on the road in China, pictured here in the wet in the great and rainy city of Shanghai. This particular car is a 90D, painted in a blue kind of silver and fitted with privacy glass around the rear compartment. The Model X was launched on the Chinese car market in early May and deliveries will start late this month.
The 90D retails for 961,000 yuan, the P90D for 1.15 million yuan, and the China-only Signature Red does a whopping 1.47 million yuan. That translates to $147,000, $176,000, and $225,000 respectively. For comparison, in the U.S. the 95D costs $95,500 and the P90D $115,500.
The enormous difference is caused partly by import taxes, counting for about one third of the price, and partly by healthy entrepreneurship. Chinese car buyers are very eager to pay more to get their hands on a Model X, and Tesla is well aware of that.
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