Tesla wins approval to sell longer-range China-made Model 3 vehicles

FILE PHOTO: Tesla China-made Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai, China Jan. 7, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - Tesla Inc has secured Chinese government approval to sell longer-range China-made model 3 vehicles in China, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on Friday.

The vehicles will have a driving range of more than 600 kilometers before they need to be recharged, the ministry said in a statement, while the current China-made Model 3 has a standard driving range of more than 400 kilometers.

Tesla started delivering cars in December from its $2 billion factory in Shanghai.

Reporting by Yilei Sun and Brenda Goh; Editing by Susan Fenton