Tesla China registrations soar as Shanghai plant resumes output

Registrations of Tesla Inc. vehicles rose to a record last month in China after the electric-car maker resumed production at its Shanghai plant that was temporarily idled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

File photo: Tesla China-made Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai, China. (REUTERS)
File photo: Tesla China-made Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai, China.

The registration of 11,280 China-built Teslas last month represents a fivefold jump from February, according to data from state-backed China Automotive Information Net stretching back to 2018. The March figure doesn’t include imports, which weren’t immediately available. Registrations of imported Teslas were 9,273 in March 2019, and 182 this February.

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The figures suggest Tesla has been gaining traction in China since starting deliveries from its new Shanghai facility, its first vehicle-assembly plant outside the U.S., around the start of the year. The numbers also add to evidence that car demand in China, the world’s largest market, is gradually rebounding following a slump exacerbated by the virus pandemic.

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A Tesla representative declined to comment on the company’s monthly figures in China.

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Tesla’s factory in China recovered from a virus-related shutdown quicker than many in the industry, helped by aid from local authorities. After resuming operations on Feb. 10, the Shanghai plant -- Tesla’s only outside the U.S. -- has surpassed the capacity it had before the shutdown, the company has said.

First Published Date: 17 Apr 2020, 15:25 PM IST
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