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Tesla in talks to open a factory in China

Associated Press logo Associated Press 22/06/2017
FILE - In a Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., talks about the Model X car at the company's headquarters, in Fremont, Calif. In a statement released Thursday, June 22, 2017, electric car maker Tesla Inc. said it is talking to the city of Shanghai about opening a factory there to serve the Chinese market. The company said it expects to define its plans more clearly by the end of the year. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In a Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., talks about the Model X car at the company's headquarters, in Fremont, Calif. In a statement released Thursday, June 22, 2017, electric car maker Tesla Inc. said it is talking to the city of Shanghai about opening a factory there to serve the Chinese market. The company said it expects to define its plans more clearly by the end of the year. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

DETROIT — Tesla is talking to the city of Shanghai about opening a factory there to serve the Chinese market.

Tesla's revenue from China tripled to more than $1 billion last year, or 15 percent of total revenue.

The electric car maker says it expects to define its plans more clearly by the end of the year.

Tesla Inc. currently has one vehicle assembly plant in California, but CEO Elon Musk said earlier this month that plant is "bursting at the seams." He said Tesla is actively considering three other plant sites.

In a news release Thursday, Tesla said it expects most production to remain in the U.S., but wants to establish local factories to ensure that its vehicles are affordable overseas. Chinese Tesla buyers currently have to pay import duties.

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