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Tesla gets permit to start production in Chinese factory

[2019.11.13, Wed 22:05] Tesla just received a permit to begin production of Model 3 sedans at its "Gigafactory" in Shanghai. The factory will be the first plant in China that is owned by a foreign carmaker, and it will be Tesla's first factory outside the U.S. Tesla will have to compete with other electric car makers in China, such as Zotye, which also has electric vehicle models. Nio, another Chinese automaker, creates electric SUVs that like Tesla are equipped with autonomous driving technologies. Yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a new gigafactory location in Berlin. Even though Tesla received the manufacturing permit, according to Bloomberg, carmakers in China must also have all of their products approved for sale by authorities, meaning it could still be a while before Tesla models are rolling off the assembly line in China. Digital Trends reached out to Tesla to find out when the Shanghai factory will be ready to start producing vehicles, and we'll update this story once we hear back. Along with the gigafactory announcements, Tesla also announced a debut date for its first-ever electric pickup truck.
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