Tesla China sets new quarterly record with 55k deliveries in December

The China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) has released Tesla’s December delivery figures, and as expected the number came in significantly lower than November due to a shutdown for production line upgrades at the end of the month.

According to the CPCA Tesla delivered 55,796 wholesale vehicles in December, which includes both domestic deliveries and those exported to other markets, a breakdown for which hasn’t yet been released.

The figure is 44% lower than the 100,291 vehicles Tesla delivered in November, and is the lowest number of vehicles Tesla has delivered in the last five months. It is also 21% lower than December 2021 when Tesla delivered 70,847 Model 3 and Model Y cars.

While the December figure was disappointing, it was still enough for Tesla set a new Q4 delivery record in China. From September to December a total of 227,791 vehicles were delivered from Giga Shanghai. This represents more than half of the 405,278 vehicles Tesla delivered worldwide in Q4.

As mentioned the lower number was largely due to a production line shutdown towards the end of December when Tesla performed production line upgrades and gave workers some well deserved time off. Production has since resumed at the factory, but there will be another slowdown towards the end of January. Following reports that Giga Shanghai will be shutdown, Tesla China clarified that many employees will be on holiday for the Chinese New Year from January 20-28, but that many workshops around the factory will still be operating during that time.

Here is the latest drone flyover of Giga Shanghai taken today, January 5, 2023, which according to drone operator Wu Wa was “a busy scene.”

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