The company made 473,078 vehicles in China last year, which suggests that around half of its annual production is now coming from Shanghai
In October, Tesla said that its Shanghai’s plant can produce over 450,000 vehicles a year, with industry pundits estimating that the factory, which churns out electric Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport-utility vehicles, has the capacity to make around 42,000 electric vehicles (EVs) a month on average.
“They were well over that number in December and this is despite the chip and battery shortages that other EV makers dealt with,” said Beijing-based managing director at Sino Auto Insights Tu Le.
The automaker, which distributes its Chinese-made vehicles to international markets including Germany and Japan, delivered 936,000 vehicles in 2021.
News agency Reuters, extrapolating data provided by the CPCA reckons Tesla made 473,078 vehicles in China last year, which suggests that around half of its annual production is now coming from Shanghai.
Tesla is the only foreign brand in China’s top 10 EV market according to Shanghai-based consultancy Automobility.
Its December sales in China were nearly three times higher than in December 2020, while revenues advanced 34% on November.
Chinese EV maker Nio Inc delivered 10,489 cars last month compared with XPeng Inc’s 16,000, the CPCA said, while German-based Volkswagen AG sold over 13,787, it added.
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