After a three-week shutdown due to COVID-19 in March and April and then operating with a limited workforce though much of May, the Tesla China has roared back and delivered impressive results in June.
According to preliminary data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), Tesla sold approximately 78,000 vehicles in the final month of the second quarter. That represents a 143% increase over May when 32,165 vehicles made at Giga Shanghai were sold. (via Reuters)
It is also a 135% increase from June 2021 when Tesla China reported 32,165 vehicles sold, and above reports that Tesla was aiming to build 71,000 cars in June.
The CPCA hasn’t released their final data, which will also include a breakdown of how many vehicles were exported to other markets and how many were sold domestically in China.
If the production figures are around the same as the number of deliveries, which they typically are, it represents an annual production capacity of nearly 1 million vehicles from Giga Shanghai. The factory was initially built with a production capacity of 250,000 vehicles per year, but Tesla has made changes and optimized the factory to double that amount in a few short years.
The automaker isn’t done yet, and Giga Shanghai will be shut down in July for more upgrades that will increase production even further.
The 78,000 vehicles produced by the Tesla China team was a significant contribution to the automaker’s Q2 results which were released last weekend. In the three month period Tesla produced 258,580 cars at their four vehicle factories – Fremont, Giga Texas, Giga Berlin, and Giga Shanghai.