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Tesla Closer to Building Performance Model 3 in Shanghai

Tesla’s Shanghai-built Model 3 has quickly become the top-selling EV in China, to the tune of 11,095 cars in May, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA).

To date, customers have only been able to order the lower-end version of the car, but Tesla said in April it planned to start build the performance version in China. Now, that vehicle is a step closer to production, as it has received an official rating for range.

Tesla announced the results on Weibo:

“Today, we released the national standard operating range of Model 3 high-performance all-wheel drive version (made in China) on the official website. The cruising range test result is 635km [395 miles].

Thanks to Tesla’s continuous product improvement, the Model 3 high-performance all-wheel-drive version (made in China) has achieved a certain cruising range while maintaining the same high level of performance.”

It’s worth noting that the range number is based on the New European Driving Cycle driving cycle, which has been criticized as outdated and not reflecting real-world driving conditions. The Model 3’s EPA rating in the U.S is is 322 miles (518 km) of range.