Tesla Model S/X approved for purchase tax exemption in China

Chin’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has approved the Tesla Model S and Model X for a purchase tax exemption.

The two flagship vehicles are now included in the “list of new energy vehicle models exempted from vehicle purchase tax” on the MIIT website, which was updated on Tuesday morning in China. (h/t: @zhongwen2005)

The list includes two variants of both the Model S and Model X, indicating both the Long Range (LR) and Plaid variants should hit the Chinese market soon.

It does not include the proposed pricing for either vehicle however, so we don’t know how much the purchase tax exemption will equate to as it is a percentage based on the price of the vehicle.

Tesla China has not updated their website to include pricing for either vehicle at the time of publication. There is also no estimated delivery dates.


While the launch of the Model S/X will be welcomed by Tesla fans in the country, it is later than originally planned. Just under one year ago Elon Musk said the refresh Model S/X was “probably” going to launch in China in March 2022.

The addition of the two electric vehicles to China’s list of exempted vehicles comes one day after the first Model S Plaid was spotted at a Supercharger in China. The Plaid was a brand new build as indicated by the fact it did not have ultrasonic sensors, a change Tesla only announced last week.

China’s MIIT recently announced this purchase tax exemption would be extended to the end of 2023. It was set to expire at the end of 2022.

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