There are two things U.S. citizens absolutely love: being and buying American.
Tesla’s main production facility for U.S. vehicles is located in Fremont, California, and based on its use of tons (pun intended) of U.S. manufactured components, one publication says the company’s Model 3 electric sedan is the most “American-made” car there is.
Cars.com called the Tesla Model 3 the most American-made car, and despite the difficulty in assessing what might make cars more or less “American,” the publication says it reported and ranked vehicles based on five pieces of criteria (via CNET).
The criteria used to evaluate automobiles were the location of final assembly, the percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts, the country of origin for available engines, the country of origin for available transmissions, and the U.S. manufacturing employees relative to the automaker’s footprint.
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The report comes from a study based on the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA) requirement mandating companies to release the percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts in a given car.
While the list includes 12 different vehicles, Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y landed first and third, while the Ford Mustang and Jeep Cherokee landed the list’s second and fourth spots, respectively.
Car enthusiasts such as Jay Leno have long supported Tesla for being an American automaker, noting Americans should be supporting the company’s mission.
Last month, AutoTrader also named the Tesla Model 3 the best car for families, on top of the electric sedan earning some of the highest ever crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Zachary Visconti is a writer with a knack for electric vehicles, technology, and climate change. Currently residing in Fort Collins, Colorado, Zach loves his partner, his cat, and a good cup of coffee.