Acording to the CPCA (China Passenger Car Association) report, Tesla set a new record with 70,847 sold vehicles during December 2021 in China. These vehicles were produced in China and represent the best monthly rate since the company started producing cars in the country, in late 2019.
The Beijing-based managing director at Sino Auto Insights, Tu Le, said the December numbers showed that the Tesla brand in China remained strong and that it was also operationally “impressive” given that the Shanghai factory had the capacity to make around 42,000 vehicles 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.”Tu Le – Beijing-based managing director at Sino Auto Insights
The CPCA also said Chinese EV maker Nio delivered 10,489 cars last month, a year-on-year increase of 49.7%, while Xpeng Inc delivered 16,000 vehicles. Volkswagen AG said it sold more than 13,787 ID. series EVs in China in December, the fourth consecutive month in which the ID. family has delivered more than 10,000 units in China.
CPCA said passenger car sales in December in China totalled 2.14 million, down 7.7% from a year earlier.
Tesla’s Shanghai factory, which started delivering vehicles in 2019, makes electric Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport-utility vehicles for domestic and international markets.