December 18, 2019 / 6:20 AM / 5 months ago

Tesla considers cutting China-built Model 3 sedan prices next year: Bloomberg

FILE PHOTO: A new Tesla Model 3 is shown at a delivery center on the last day of the company's third quarter, in San Diego, California, September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) - U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc is considering cutting the prices of its China-built Model 3 sedans by 20% or more next year, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the plans.

Prices of the cars, which will be manufactured in Tesla's new Shanghai factory, will stand at 355,800 yuan ($50,547.67) and are likely to be lowered from the second half of 2020, the report bloom.bg/2Es3w0N said.

The scale and timing of price cuts could change based on market situations, the report said.

The U.S. carmaker aims to lower costs by using more local components, allowing it to import fewer parts and avoid tariffs, according to Bloomberg.

Tesla declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.

Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru and Yilei Sun in Beijing, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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