Wallenius Wilhelmsen ships Tesla’s first shipments of China-made cars to Europe.
The electric vehicles are manufactured in China and shipped from the port of Shanghai, destined for the European market.
The first export of Chinese-produced Tesla vehicles set sail from Shanghai in October onboard the Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessel, MV Toscana.
A total of 3,600 Model 3 cars are en route to Zeebrugge, from where they will be delivered to customers across Europe.
The cars are manufactured at Tesla’s newly opened Shanghai Gigafactory, which is the company’s first factory outside the US and was built to bolster its presence in China, the world’s largest automotive market.
Exporting Chinese-made cars to Europe, where sales of battery-electric cars increased by 25% in the first quarter of this year, will help to extend Tesla’s reach in the rapidly growing EV market before its fourth factory is up and running outside Berlin in 2021.
The first shipment of Tesla vehicles to Europe is joined by a second batch, which has left Shanghai onboard the Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessel MV Tannhauser.
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