- Tesla sold 70,847 China-made vehicles in December, the highest monthly rate since it began manufacturing in Shanghai in 2019.
- Tesla’s December sales, which included 245 for export, were nearly three times the amount achieved in the same month last year and 34% higher than November sales.
- That brought Tesla’s total sales of China-made cars to at least 473,078 last year.
US electric vehicle maker Tesla sold 70,847 China-made vehicles in December, the highest monthly rate since it began manufacturing in Shanghai in 2019, data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) showed on Tuesday.
Tesla’s December sales, which included 245 for export, were nearly three times the amount achieved in the same month last year and 34% higher than November sales.
Tesla’s total sales of China-made cars rose to at least 473,078 last year, according to Reuters’ calculation of CPCA data that did not publish Tesla’s China-made car export figures before April.
That’s almost half of the 936,000 vehicles the US automaker delivered globally last year.
Tesla’s Shanghai factory, which began deliveries of the vehicles in late 2019, makes electric Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport-utility vehicles for domestic and international markets, including Germany and Japan.
The automaker, which has been able to overcome supply chain problems experienced by rivals to post record quarterly deliveries, said during its third-quarter results in October that the Shanghai plant’s potential annual production exceeds 450,000 vehicles. Is.
Tu Le, Beijing-based managing director of China Auto Insights, said December data showed the Tesla brand in China remained strong and was also “impressive” operationally, as the Shanghai factory produced nearly 42,000 vehicles a month. had the ability to create. on average.
“They exceeded that number in December. And that’s despite chip and battery shortages that other EV makers have dealt with.”
China’s EV market is dominated by domestic brands including BYD and Wuling — a local marque that is part of General Motors. According to Shanghai-based consultancy Automobility, Tesla is the only foreign brand in the top 10.
The CPCA also said that Chinese EV maker Nio delivered 10,489 cars last month, an increase of 49.7% year-on-year, while Xpeng delivered 16,000 vehicles. Volkswagen said it sold more than 13,787 IDs. Series EVs in China in December, the fourth consecutive month in which ID. The family has delivered over 10,000 units in China.
CPCA said passenger car sales in China totaled 2.14 million in December, down 7.7% from a year earlier.