US car manufacturer Tesla on Friday began delivery of the first batch of its popular Tesla Model 3 in China, one month after its Shanghai plant, the first production base outside the US, started construction amid a prolonged US-China trade war.

According to The Paper (in Chinese), over one thousand US-made Tesla Model 3 arrived in Shanghai Pudong Waigaoqiao Port before dawn on Friday. Chinese media cited a local customs official as saying vehicle inspection would be finished over the coming weekend, before Chinese customers could pick them up as early as next month.

Tesla announced the role-out of Model 3 in China in one of its Beijing stores on Friday morning, with a starting price of RMB 433,000 (roughly $64,440) for the rear wheel drive model. It was first launched in US in July 2017 and became the best-selling deluxe model in North America in 2018.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen