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The Tesla Model S has become the first imported electric car to benefit from a free license plate incentive in the Chinese city of Tianjin.
"Buyers of a Tesla Model S will get a free license plate in the Chinese city of Tianjin, opening the way for more Tesla sales in one of the largest and richest port cities in China, and also the port of entry for all cars arriving from the United States, including Teslas."
That's according to Car News China. The Chinese website adds:
"Normally, buyers of a new car need to bid for a license plate on a government-organized auction, an attempt by the Tianjin municipal government to control the number of new cars on the road in a bid to battle pollution and traffic jams. Price of a license in Tianjin can go up to 20.000 yuan or 3.200 USD."
"Electric cars, like the Beijing Auto Senova EV200 for example, are exempted from the license plate bidding system and buyers can get a license plate for free. The exemption however was only valid for made-in-China electric cars, until now, with the Tesla Model S being the first imported electric car eligible for a free plate"
The Model S benefits from a similar free license plate incentive in Shanghai too.
It's believed that the city of Tianjin extended this incentive to Tesla due to the fact that the automaker "operates one store-service center, one supercharger station, and 12 destination (wall) chargers in Tianjin."
Source: Car News China