Tesla sold a record 70,847 Chinese-made vehicles in December: report

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Tesla’s December sales, including 245 for export, were almost three times the amount in the same month last year and 34% higher than November sales.



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That’s about half of the 936,000 vehicles the US automaker delivered worldwide last year.

U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc sold 70,847 Chinese-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, including 245 for export, were almost three times the amount in the same month last year and 34% higher than November sales.

It also brought total sales of cars made in China by Tesla last year to at least 473,078, according to Reuters calculations of data from the CPCA, which before April did not release figures on exports of manufactured cars. in China by Tesla.

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That’s about half of the 936,000 vehicles the US automaker delivered worldwide last year.

Tesla’s Shanghai factory, which began delivering vehicles in late 2019, manufactures Model 3 electric sedans and Model Y sport utility vehicles for domestic and international markets, including Germany and Japan.

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It also brought Tesla’s total sales of Chinese-made cars for the past year to at least 473,078.

The automaker, which was able to overcome supply chain challenges faced by rivals to post record quarterly deliveries, said during its third-quarter results in October that the plant’s potential annual output of Shanghai exceeded 450,000 vehicles.

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Tu Le, managing director of Beijing-based Sino Auto Insights, said the December figures showed the Tesla brand in China remained strong and was also “impressive” operationally given that the Shanghai factory had the capacity to manufacture approximately 42,000 vehicles per month. on average.

“They were well above that number in December. And that’s despite chip and battery shortages that other EV makers have faced.”

China’s electric vehicle market is dominated by domestic brands such as BYD and Wuling, a local brand that is part of General Motors. Tesla is only the foreign brand in the top 10, according to Shanghai-based consultancy Automobility.

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The CPCA also said Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio Inc delivered 10,489 cars last month, a year-on-year increase of 49.7 percent, while Xpeng Inc delivered 16,000 vehicles. Volkswagen AG said it sold more than 13,787 IDs. series EVs in China in December, the fourth consecutive month in which the ID. family has delivered over 10,000 units in China.

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CPCA said December passenger car sales in China totaled 2.14 million, down 7.7% from a year earlier.

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