China has sold its first Tesla car to a Chinese buyer, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported Monday, citing a person familiar with the matter.
The buyer, a woman named Li who declined to be named, was the first Chinese buyer to buy a Tesla since the electric carmaker’s March announcement that it would begin selling in China.
Li’s family has previously bought vehicles from Tesla in China, and the family had planned to use a second car for a trip, according to the report.
Li did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet that “the Chinese buyers will have the opportunity to enjoy Tesla in the Chinese market.”
In the past, China has made efforts to lure overseas manufacturers to its market, including the launch of a state-sponsored program in 2011 that allowed Chinese companies to buy American-made products from other countries.
China has become a key manufacturing hub for Tesla, which has set up factories in some of the world’s most densely populated cities, such as Shanghai and Beijing.
In addition to the Tesla factory in Beijing, it has a factory in Shanghai that employs about 3,000 people and is expected to open a plant in another city, Shenzhen, this year.
Tesla’s chief financial officer, John Krafcik, recently visited China, according a company announcement, and has said the automaker is looking to expand manufacturing operations in China to more than 1,000 jobs.