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Tesla Launches Chinese Site As It Prepares To Sell Its Electric Cars In China | TechCrunch

Tesla Motors has launched its Chinese site, Tousule.cn, as it prepares to sell its electric cars, the Model S and Model X, in China (h/t TechNode). The site is currently taking pre-orders with with a reservation fee of RMB 250,000, or about USD $41,000 USD. The company has set a February 2014 roll-out date for both vehicles in China.

The site follows the opening of Tesla Motors’ showroom in Beijing last month. At that time, the China Daily reported that the Model S will cost between $146,000 and $200,000, due to the steep taxes that China levies on imports. In the U.S., each Model S is priced between $71,000 to $120,000 depending on its specs, while in Europe that range is $98,000 to $162,000.

Tesla Motors started taking pre-orders for the Model S in August at its showroom and it already had a Chinese Web presence in the form of itsTesla brand page on microblogging platform Sina Weibo. The personal Weibo account of Tesla China general manager Kingston Chang has also been a key information outlet. Chang worked at Bentley China before joining Tesla Motors in March.

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