Tesla Model S/X Listed for Purchase Tax Exemption in China, Hinting at Deliveries Soon

Two of Tesla’s upcoming arrivals in China have gained a vital tax exemption from the country’s ministry in charge of industry.

The Tesla Model S and X are now exempt from the vehicle purchase tax in China, as spotted on the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s (MIIT) catalog of new energy cars (via @JayinShanghai).

The Tesla models are joined on the document by a number of other “new energy vehicles” that have also been exempted from the tax in an effort to help increase consumer interest in low-emission alternatives.

The news comes just a day after the Model S Plaid was seen being unloaded from a trailer in China, lacking the ultrasonic sensors on the sedan built for other markets worldwide. Tesla said it would remove these sensors from the Model 3 and Model Y first this fall, followed by Model S and Model X in 2023.

The MIIT catalog document lists specs for the Model S Plaid, Model S Plaid Long Range (LR), the Model X Plaid and the Model X Plaid LR. It also includes details such as driving range, vehicle weight, battery pack weight and the total energy that the EV offers.

Customers who have ordered the Model S and X Plaid in Europe have also started receiving calls about their orders in recent weeks, with estimated deliveries set to begin in November.

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The news comes after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said last year that the Model S Plaid’s launch in China would “probably” take place around March 2022.