Tesla triples deliveries of cars made in China

Tesla sold 76,965 Chinese-made vehicles in August, nearly three times more than a month ago, as Elon Musk’s group ramped up deliveries after ramping up production at its Shanghai factory. The U.S. automaker exported 42,463 Model 3s and Model Ys from China last month, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said. By July, Tesla had sold 28,217 vehicles and exported 19,756. After a planned upgrade disrupted most production in July, Tesla increased production at the Shanghai factory in August, defying the heatwaves and Covid restrictions that have hit its suppliers in the South West region. The Yibin plant of battery maker CATL, which supplies battery cells to Tesla Shanghai, had to shut down part of its operations due to local restriction policies, Reuters said.

The production ramp-up has allowed Tesla to speed up deliveries of the Model 3 and Model Y electric cars to customers, particularly in China. Tesla has reduced the delivery wait time for its two best-selling models to a maximum of 14 weeks in China, while buyers of the rear-wheel-drive Model Y can pick up the SUV a month after placing the order.

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