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Tesla Starts Raising China EV Rates After Igniting Price War

The US carmaker’s aggressive price cuts earlier this year helped it to stoke demand amid rising inventories

Tesla EV charger seen at Auto Shanghai show in Shanghai
Tesla will update the software on Model S, Model X, Model 3 and Model Y marques. Photo: Reuters


Tesla has increased the starting price of its Model Y crossovers in China, after the company’s aggressive price cuts at the beginning of the year ignited an electric vehicle (EV) price war.

The EV-maker raised the price for the rear-wheel drive version of the Model Y by 0.8% to 261,900 yuan ($38,577.11), according to the price information listed on the company’s Chinese website on Friday.

Tesla kept the prices for other versions of Model Y and the Model 3 cars unchanged.


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Tesla’s aggressive price cuts earlier this year helped it to stoke demand amid rising inventories.

The US automaker announced plans to step up output at its Shanghai plant over the next two months to meet the jump in demand.

Tesla’s market share in China’s battery electric vehicle (BEV) sector rose to 12.5% in January from 9% in December, according to a Reuters calculation based on industry data.


China car sales plunge

Meanwhile, China’s passenger car sales slumped 38% in January, reversing a 2.4% gain in the previous month, according to industry data.

Sales of new energy cars that include pure battery EVs and plug-in hybrids also fell 6.3% in January after a blistering 90% growth in 2022, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said.

Demand weakened after a tax cut on combustion engine cars and state subsidies on electric vehicles (EV) expired.

Despite signs of easing demand in the world’s largest car market, China’s central government did not extend a 50% purchase tax cut on combustion engine vehicles when it expired at the end of December.

It also decided to end a more than decade-long national subsidy for EV purchases. That forced automakers including Tesla to defend their market shares with greater discounts, igniting the EV price war.


  • Reuters, with additional editing by Vishakha Saxena


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Vishakha Saxena

Vishakha Saxena is the Multimedia and Social Media Editor at Asia Financial. She has worked as a digital journalist since 2013, and is an experienced writer and multimedia producer. As a trader and investor, she is keenly interested in new economy, emerging markets and the intersections of finance and society. You can write to her at [email protected]


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