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According to data released by the China Passenger Car Association, Tesla Inc. set a record with more than 83,000 electric vehicles from a recently upgraded plant in Shanghai.

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The factory delivered 83,135 electric vehicles last month, up 8% from August, according to data released by the association on Sunday.

The American electric vehicle maker is still lagging behind Chinese rival BYD Co., which topped the list of electric vehicle shipments last month with nearly 95,000 units, up 14% from August.

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BYD’s total sales, including hybrids, were 201,000 units in September. BYD also broke its own records in September for both the number of electric vehicles and total sales.

The rivalry between the world’s leading electric vehicle companies has intensified this year after BYD abandoned the production of traditional gasoline-powered vehicles in order to completely switch to vehicles with a new energy source.

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BYD dominated the domestic market when Tesla lost ground due to production disruptions due to the Covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai earlier this year, but both companies are now seeing strong growth.

In July, Tesla suspended operations for a few days to upgrade its assembly lines to increase production capacity. The Shanghai plant can now produce more than 750,000 vehicles a year, the company said at the time.

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Tesla said last week that it delivered 343,830 electric vehicles worldwide during the quarter ended Sept. 30. Cars from Shanghai accounted for about 54% of global shipments during this period, compared to 44% in the second quarter, according to calculations based on data from the association. .