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Tesla Announces Model S Chinese Market MSRP

Unlike our US market, imported cars sold in China are heavily taxed based on multiple factors such as the engine’s displacement.

But apparently the tax policy does not work on electric cars. Yesterday Tesla released its product pricing for Chinese market. The Model S 60kWh carries a price tag of RMB 648,000 (around USD $103,885 using today’s FX rate). Do not be surprised about the USD equivalent value, because cars are way more expensive in China. For example the Lexus GS350 FSport’s MSRP in China is RMB 780,000 (around USD $125,046).

In US, a Lexus GS350 FSport MSRP = $53,280, a Tesla Model S 60kWh MSRP = $69,900; In China, after converting to USD, the GS350 is sold for ...

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Analysis: what is the depreciation rate of the Tesla Model S

Because of the 0rpm instant maximum torque and the super low center of mass car body, the Tesla Model S provides unmatchable driving experiences.

However the enjoyment comes with cost: the electric car’s resale value cannot matched the tradiontional vehicles which is powered by the internal-combustion engine. Due to the cost its battery. Below is a breakdown of different component weights in the Tesla Model S.

Whole car curb weight: 4647lb

Battery Pack
1323 lb

Aluminum Space Frame
~ 800 lb

Motor / Drivetrain
~ 350 lb – electric motor + inverter
~ 175 lb – differential
~ 250 lb – wheels and tires
~ 120 lb – brakes calipers, discs, lines
~ 80 lb – air suspension

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BAIC intends to compete in the luxury electric sedan market

Back in February this year, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corporation (BAIC) acquired 25% equity ownership of Atieva – a lithium-ion battery manufacturer for electric cars based in Redwood City, California. BAIC currently is the largest shareholder of Atieva.

According to the agreement, Atieva will help BAIC to develop a mid-size electric luxury sedan comparable to the Audi A6L, within 3 years. If BAIC intends to enter the US market, clearly its main target will be the Tesla Model S.

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