Demedia said that the US company Tesla cash flow “life-saving straw” Model 3 has started sales in the Chinese market. At the same time, the company urged the US government to open its “brain” network for electric vehicles.
According to the report, since August 2018, Tesla’s automotive computer central control system imported from China has been subject to a special tariff of 25%. This part is considered by Tesla to be the “brain of a new car.”
According to the report, in this unsolicited request letter, Tesla stressed that this special tariff will bring economic losses to Tesla, resulting in increased costs and lower profits. Trade disputes between the two largest economies in the world will also affect General Motors. The US auto industry giant warned against an escalation.
According to reports, Tesla’s electric vehicles assembled at the plant in Fremont, California, are imported from China. The company said that in addition to this, the factory could not find other suppliers that could provide the parts with quality and quantity. If the supplier is changed, the project will be postponed for 18 months, and there may be consequences of quality degradation.
On January 4, 2019, Tesla declined to comment on the request for government relief. So far, the exception exemptions from other automakers have not received any response from the Trump administration.
The US Consumer News and Business Channel Network (CNBC) reported on November 27, 2018 that an official of the National Passenger Car Market Information Association said that US electric car manufacturer Tesla sold in China in October 2018 compared to last year. It fell by 70% over the same period.
According to the report, the decline in Tesla’s sales in China was affected by the trade dispute between China and the United States. The company said that China has imposed a 40% import tariff on Tesla vehicles, while only 15% of other cars imported into China. Tesla said that the cost of producing a car is 55% to 60% higher than the “completely the same car” produced by Chinese automakers.
On December 2, 2018, Trump released Twitter lately: “China agreed to reduce or even exempt the US auto tariffs on China. The current tax rate is 40%.”