Tesla CEO Elon Musk At Beijing First Delivery Ceremony In April 2014
Being a local car manufacturer makes a huge difference in China.
For example, in Beijing, native New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) have separate license plate lotteries (30,000 available compared to 90,000 for all other cars).
By April, consumers had 100% chance of registering their Chinese plug-ins from BAIC Motor Corporation, SAIC Motor, JAC Motors and BYD.
The probability of winning the lottery falls with every month to 88% in June and now stands at around 38%.
Foreign NEVs are grouped with conventional cars, so their chances stand now at 0.5%. Or ,one per 200 Tesla Model S (or any other model) could be registered.
"Beijing is about to make it easier for buyers of a Tesla Model S to get a license plate in the increasingly congested capital, according to sources close to the municipal transport authorities, Chinese news site stcn.com reported on Tuesday."
Changes in policy are expected in a few weeks. Tesla will be put on a special list of foreign NEVs. Whether other foreign manufacturers will be as lucky, we don't know yet.
It's hard to say how much it's worth to be exempt from mainstream, but for sure it will provide boost.
Generous electric car subsidies of up to some 110,000 yuan ($17,300) are still not available for Tesla.
Source: South China Morning Post