It looks like Tesla’s Giga Shanghai came online just in time to help the automaker post strong delivery numbers in the second quarter despite the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the latest figures released by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), Tesla sold 14,954 Model 3 vehicles in China in June (via WHTC). That represents an increase of 35% compared to the previous month, and represented 23% of the EV market in China.
The strong number in June is just a continuation of a trend seen in China since recovering from the initial outbreak of the coronavirus in the country late last year.
In February, Tesla sold 3,958 vehicles, which at the time accounted for nearly 30% of all EV sales in the country.
That number shot up in March to 10,160 sales, followed by another increase in May (11,095 vehicles). April was the lone down month, with 3,635 sales. The drop was likely due to changes in incentives which saw the eventual lowering of the price of the Model 3 in China., and news of the pending reintroduction of the Long Range (LR) RWD Model 3.
With just half a year under their belts in China, Tesla is off to a great start with their made-in-China Model 3 vehicles. As production increases, the construction of phase 2 continues, and the impending introduction of the Model Y, sales in China could provide a significant boost to the automaker’s bottom line.