Tesla has begun preparations for deliveries of Model S Plaid in China. A customer of the company reported he had been notified he needed to make a final payment in order to prepare for pickup of the vehicle.
Deliveries of Tesla Model S Plaid in China may begin in the near future. One Chinese consumer who pre-ordered the flagship sedan received a notification from Tesla to make the final payment, which he confirmed with the relevant screenshots, according to CnEVPost. This operation takes place as part of the final preparation for delivery.
Tesla began delivery of Model S Plaid in June 2021, initially to the US market. It was expected that deliveries to Chinese customers would begin in the spring of 2022. However, due to the COVID-19 lockdown slowing down the manufacturer, the execution of the plan was postponed, but the exact dates were not specified.
Recent activity in China has strongly hinted that Model S Plaid deliveries should begin soon. Earlier this week, autoblogger @常岩CY shared on Weibo several photos of the Model S Plaid taken at a Supercharger in Foshan, Guangdong. It was the first Model S Plaid spotted in the wild in China. The car had space for a Chinese pattern license plate. In addition, Model S and Model X in both variants were listed in the “Catalogue of New Energy Vehicle Models Exempted from Vehicle Purchase Tax,” released by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on October 11. This indicated that the cars had passed all the necessary checks and were ready for sale in China.
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