See Tesla Model 3 Performance Pricing Compared To BMW, M-B In China

DEC 18 2018 BY MARK KANE 23

Tesla Model 3 in China actually turns out to be affordable compared to BMW & Mercedes.

As the import duty for cars from the U.S. decreased from 40% to 15% Tesla was able to lower prices accordingly. The top of the line version of the Model 3 is no longer $100,000 but around $81,200. The non-performance version (AWD, Long-range) is almost $10,000 less.

Those are still high prices, definitely higher than in the U.S., but if you’re wondering whether the Model 3 will sell well at such prices, here’s an interesting comparison.

Tesla Model 3 offers amazing performance at prices way lower than the top-of-the-line German models from its segment:

  • Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD – $72,360 (499,000 yuan)
  • Tesla Model 3 Performance – $81,200 (560,000 yuan)
  • BMW M3 – $162,000
  • BMW M4 – $184,000
  • Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG – $173,623

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23 Comments on "See Tesla Model 3 Performance Pricing Compared To BMW, M-B In China"

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Is tesla even selling the model 3 in China yet?

Choosing to compare the worst offer available from other carmakers.
BMW does not want to sell the M cars in China and offers only crazy expensive top trims with all available options included. These articles get really disappointing as they are clearly not objective or fair.

The other models are much cheaper. A 5 series with a more luxurious extended wheelbase (adapted for the needs of the chinese market) is 489600 Yuan, thats 71k $. And you should not compare the interior of the 5 series with extended wheelbase with that of the model 3. And of course for other OEMs you never pay the official price, you always pay less, while for Tesla you always pay the official price. If you ask anybody in China if he wants a prestigious (yes thats very important in China) 5 series or pay more to get a Model 3, the answer is not that easy.

And as in China the electricity is mostly generated by coal power plants, sadly an ICE is less damaging to the environment than an EV there. Their electricity is really dirty as hell, hope that changes.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“sadly an ICE is less damaging to the environment than an EV there.”

Wrong.
On one gallon of gas you can get maybe at best 50mpg.
An equivalent EV with the equivalent 1 gallon of energy (~32kWH) can maybe go 90miles

Pascal Abessolo Nguema

“And as in China the electricity is mostly generated by coal power plants, sadly an ICE is less damaging to the environment than an EV there. Their electricity is really dirty as hell, hope that changes.”

This myth has been debunked. Beside, if the production of electricity enters the environnemental impact, lets factor in the impact of finding, drilling for, extracting, transporting, rafining crud oil, transproting and strogin gasoline. Don’t forget the cleaning of old gas station.

A fair comparaison, IMHO

For the chinese grid with nearly 712g CO2/kWh:
“Greenhouse gas emissions of battery electric vehicles are 50% higher than internal combustion engine vehicles.”

Qinyu Qiao, Fuquan Zhao, Zongwei Liu, Shuhua Jiang, Han Hao,
Cradle-to-gate greenhouse gas emissions of battery electric and internal combustion engine vehicles in China,
Applied Energy,
Volume 204,
2017,
Pages 1399-1411

Now please show me your sources as well. So many people on here simply lie without being able to proof their claims. Only because something is true for one country, does not mean it is true for every country. Driving BEV in China is like putting coal in your car. The power system is old and inefficient and relies heavily on coal.

For all the doubters on here regarding my comment on dirty BEVs in China, please show your sources and have a look at:
“Greenhouse gas emissions of battery electric vehicles are 50% higher than internal combustion engine vehicles.”

Qinyu Qiao, Fuquan Zhao, Zongwei Liu, Shuhua Jiang, Han Hao,
Cradle-to-gate greenhouse gas emissions of battery electric and internal combustion engine vehicles in China,
Applied Energy,
Volume 204,
2017,
Pages 1399-1411

The transition to BEVs need a transition to renewable power sources as well. Driving BEV with coal is not a solution!

Yes, they need to transition, and they are. Your point?…

Wrong. A BEV running on coal sourced electricity is less damaging to the environment than an EQUIVALENT ICEv. Not ridiculous comparisons of Model X P100D to Prius Eco.

China sources 56% of electricity from coal and the percentage is falling fast as China installs Solar and Wind sourced electricity as fast as it can. Nuclear and pumped storage is also being installed on massive scale.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Huge Hydroelectric “Three Gorges Dam”.

No, 56% of the power plant capacity is coal, but 66% of the electricity is actually produced by coal. Again you are using wrong numbers and quote no source at all. While i delivered an academic study, you voted me down without any information except some sort of wish or feeling.
And they are expected to burn nearly as much coal for the next 20 years, but they will add additional capacity of other sources, so that the share of coal will go down about 1 percentage-point a year.
https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=33092

You made very good points. But I think we should take any eia prediction with a grain of salt: https://16iwyl195vvfgoqu3136p2ly-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Twitter_Auke_Hoekstra_IEA_PV-Vorhersagen-1024×512.jpg

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

…..and when was the last time you saw an environmental “Electric Spill/leak” that devastated an entire coastline?

Fukushima, Tschernobyl, Three Mile Island?
Lead emissions from coal?
Big disasters in chinese coal mines with a record low of 375 dead workers last year?
Underground coal fires in northern China, that burn since many years and cant be extinguished?

I am absolutely pro EV as i earn my money with them, but even more i am honest and realistic. I do not claim EVs are not good, i just say that China has still a lot to do first to make them a better solution and before that is not done i will not push anyone into another direction.

No need to wait. As electricity gets cleaner over time, so do EVs.

And air quality in city centres improves immediately.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

…..when was the last time a Train/Rail tanker carrying electricity derail and spill it’s load onto the ground?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

….when was the last time a big rig tanker crashed spilling or catching fire with it’s electricity load?

@Zach said: “Is tesla even selling the model 3 in China yet?”
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Tesla is now taking Model 3 orders from China for March-April 2019 delivery.

As well for BMW you used an old exchange rate of 6,16 Yuan -> 1 Dollar, while for Tesla you used an exchange rate of 6,9 Yuan -> 1 Dollar, which on top of all other much bigger mistakes makes the Teslas look 12% cheaper.

What about vs NIO ES6?

Are you suggesting the Nio ES6 competes with the Model 3 Performance?…

Will be interesting to see how big Tesla allows Telsa Model 3 deliveries to get in China for 2019 sourced from Fremont factory. Certainly Model 3 sourced from future Tesla China factory will be much more profitable for Tesla so Tesla will likely hold back for China market the lower optioned Model 3 for when China factory goes online.

Tesla brand is viewed as a highly respected premium brand in China.

For those in China that can afford a Tesla Model 3 at the lower import tax rate I’d think Model 3 would be a no brainer considering the big incentives Chinese government provide for purchasing an EV.

Incentives are only for Chinese-built EVs with Chinese batteries…

In the US market, prices for these cars are already comparable with performance and tech leaning toward the Model 3. At those prices in China market, it’s a no brainer which car will be the choice.

Icing on the cake: no noise, no gas, no pollution, virtually no maintenance cost – which apply everywhere the Model 3 is sold.