Tesla starts Model S and Model X deliveries in China

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The long wait for Model S and Model X reservation holders in China is finally over. The automaker began deliveries of the not-so refresh design of the flagship vehicles in the country on Monday, ending a period of more than two years since the last deliveries were made.

Tesla announced the start of deliveries on Twitter, expanding their lineup in China from two vehicles to four vehicles in the process. The Model S and Model X being delivered in China are still imported from the Fremont factory in California as Giga Shanghai only produces the Model 3 and Model Y.

The promotional video shows the voyage of those cars from the US to China, 867 of which arrived in the country earlier this month.


Tesla has been hinting at the imminent start of Model S/X deliveries in China since late last year. Last October, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) gave approval for the Model S and Model X to receive a purchase tax exemption in China, indicating their imminent arrival.

Although the vehicles did not have a price listed on the Design Studio at the time, Tesla announced their pricing in January on the company’s official Weibo account, stating that deliveries were scheduled to begin in Q2 2023.

The Model S Long Range (LR) has a starting price of ¥789,900 ($156,200 CAD), while the Model S Plaid starts at ¥1,009,900 ($199,700 CAD). Similarly, the Model X LR starts at ¥879,900 ($174,000 CAD), and the Plaid variant of the electric SUV starts at ¥1,039,900 ($205,600 CAD).

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