Tesla Motors has decided to sell its Model S through Alibaba’s e-commerce platform Tmall on November 11, joining the Singles’ Day shopping festival. It is the first time that Tesla’s cars will be sold other than through their own website in China.

Buyers can place an RMB50,000 (US$8,200) deposit for the electric car on Alibaba’s Tmall.com. The deposit will be frozen in the customers’ mutual fund Yuebao, enabling customers to enjoy interest on the deposit before they complete the rest of the payment. They can then pick up the car in one of the five cities with Tesla collection points, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen. The collection can be made as quickly as in five days. In addition, Tesla offers accessories such as clothing, caps, toolboxes, mugs and blankets on its Tmall store for Singles’ Day.

Tesla’s cooperation with Alibaba can be dated back to April this year when Alipay, the payment affiliate of Alibaba, was added to the payment methods for Chinese users to purchase Tesla’s cars. In September this year, AutoNavi, the mapping service in which Alibaba has a stake, added information about Tesla’s POI charging poles to its maps.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.