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Tesla Car Owners Get $12,000 Shanghai Plates for Free

Tesla Motors Inc. car owners in Shanghai can register their electric vehicles for free after the city exempted them from paying $12,000 for a license plate.

About 400 Tesla owners in Shanghai have received the free plates as part of the city’s efforts to promote the adoption of new-energy vehicles, according to Ma Jing, a vice director of the municipal government’s economy and information commission. Tesla owners also get free license plates in Hangzhou and the automaker is in contact with other cities to get exemptions, said Richard Lan, a Beijing-based company official.