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Electric cars in China

Possibility of Teslas 100% made in China grows more realistic

Supply chains of domestically manufactured electric vehicle parts expanding

Model 3 sedans at Tesla's plant in Shanghai, China.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Word circulated at the recent Beijing International Automotive Exhibition that the Tesla Model 3, an electric four-door compact sedan, will adopt a Chinese-made motor in addition to a battery.

A number of Chinese companies are regarded as capable of supplying motors to Tesla. One candidate is Suzhou Inovance Automotive, which according to a securities house analysis has already supplied motors to emerging Chinese electric vehicle makers such as WM Motor Technology Group and Li Auto. Starting with Tesla, Inovance is set to add major foreign EV producers to its customer list.

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