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Tesla Sets Sales Record In China Despite Coronavirus Crisis

Tesla has just had its best month in China, selling a record high number of electric vehicles in March despite a 41-percent plunge in overall car sales in the world’s biggest car market.

According to data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), Tesla sold 10,160 vehicles in China last month, despite the fact that total Chinese vehicle sales plummeted by 40.8 percent year on year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.    

Tesla’s sales in China in March were up from 3,900 vehicle sales in February, and up from 2,620 vehicles sold in January, according to CPCA data cited by Reuters.

Tesla’s newly operational Shanghai Gigafactory was temporarily closed for a few weeks between the end of January and February due to government-mandated temporary shutdowns of industrial production because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Gigafactory resumed production in the second week of February.

To boost sales in the world’s top car market, Tesla has increased home delivery services to encourage more potential buyers to buy a Tesla, Business Times reports.

At the beginning of 2019, Tesla started the construction of a production facility in the world’s top EV market—China—in order to be able to compete on a level playing field with a growing number of local EV manufacturers. As a U.S.-made vehicle, Tesla’s cars in China have been subject to steep tariffs, and sales have suffered due to the U.S.-China trade war.

In early January this year, Tesla delivered its first cars to customers from its newly built Gigafactory in Shanghai, just a year after it broke ground on the site for the construction.

Last week, Tesla reported its “best ever first quarter performance” as it produced almost 103,000 vehicles and delivered around 88,400 vehicles globally.

Tesla’s Shanghai factory “continued to achieve record levels of production, despite significant setbacks,” the EV maker said in a statement.  

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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  • Andrew Doolittle on April 11 2020 said:
    Model 3 sales in North America were spectacular in Q1 despite a backdrop of a strikingly *enforced* economic collapse.

    Model S sales in North America actually rose year over March, 2020 from March, 2019.

    Tesla Model X sales held up very well.

    No Tesla Model Y sales were even registered for the Quarter that I saw.

    Given these numbers plus the Cybertruck plus the Tesla Semi plus the Tesla Supercharger Network plus Tesla Powerwall plus SolarCity plus the Boring Company and of course SpaceX bodes very well for Tesla going forward imo. Toyota RAV4 sales numbers were very good as well and interestingly so were Chevy Bolt sales.

    US lng exports continue to shut in North American food and energy production creating a very *bargain oriented* price environment.
  • Simon Cheung on April 10 2020 said:
    I assume Tesla will sell even more cars in the coming months as they roll out more locally made trims of the model 3, plus the made-in-China model Y will most likely start before Christmas. Also without import tariff, the model 3 in China is now slightly cheaper than a BMW 3-series for the first time. Moreover, Tesla will continue to gain market shares in China as the version-3 charging network rolling out. In addition, the price of battery per kWh will continue to fall, as it has been in the past 10 years. It is currently at or below $150 per kWh for Tesla. Once it is below $100 per kWh, (2023??) Tesla can make an economy car and still make money. It will be very interesting to watch by that time.

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