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Tesla wants to be approved for the construction of a wider range of Model 3s in China

FILE PHOTO: a China-made-Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles will be seen on the Gigafactory by the electric car maker Tesla Inc. is in Shanghai, China, December 2, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Aly Song, File/Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) – Tesla, Inc., is seeking approval from the Chinese regulators to establish a new Chinese-made Model of a 3-variant, a government document shows.

A variant would be to have a longer driving range, a source familiar with the matter said.

If it is today’s China Model, (3), which is a standard driving range of more than 400km, it could be a rear wheel drive car, the source said, who wasn’t authorized to speak about the matter and declined to be identified.

Tesla, which began delivering the cars in December, from $2 billion in a Shanghai factory, to sell a wider range of imported Model 3s with the all-wheel drive, located in China.

The electric-car maker will start production in Shanghai on Monday, after the government has been closed for a long holiday, which was put in place as a result of the new corona virus disease outbreak.

Reporting Yilei Sun will be in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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