Elon Musk shoots down report that Tesla will export China-made cars to the US

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday denied a Reuters report that the electric vehicle maker was considering exporting its Chinese-made cars to the United States.

Typically curt, Musk answered “False” in response to a Reuters article: “Tesla plans to export Chinese-made electric vehicles to the United States.”

The company did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment on the story.

Tesla Model 3 and Y in China

FILE: Tesla Model Y and Model 3 electric vehicles, which will be sent to the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium, wait to be loaded on board the ro-ro cargo ship Theben operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen at the port of Nangang on May 15, 2022, in Shangh ((Photo by Shen Chunchen/VCG via Getty Images))

According to the report, Tesla has investigated whether parts made by its China-based suppliers comply with local regulations in North America. If so, the company would decide to ship Chinese-made Model Y and Model 3 cars there as early as next year.

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If that happens, it could potentially create an export channel to Canada, unnamed sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai has the capacity to produce 1.1 million electric vehicles a year, making it the company’s most productive manufacturing center.

Tesla Model 3 and Y in China

FILE: Tesla Model Y and Model 3 electric vehicles, which will be sent to the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium, wait to be loaded on board the ro-ro cargo ship Theben operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen at the port of Nangang on May 15, 2022, in Shangh (Photo by Shen Chunchen/VCG via Getty Images/Getty Images)

The Shanghai plant, which makes Model 3 sedans and Model Y crossovers, currently sells these vehicles in China and exports them to markets in Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia.

Until now, Tesla cars sold in North America have been built at its factories in Fremont, California, and Austin, Texas.

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The California plant, Tesla’s first, produces the Model S, Model 3 sedans, and the Model X and Model Y crossovers. The Texas plant, which opened earlier this year, manufactures the Model Y and will produce Tesla’s next Cybertruck.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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