Tesla delivery numbers stay high despite Model 3 and Model Y price hikes14. July 2022
Tesla showed strong numbers last year, having delivered a record of over 70,500 vehicles in China in December. This easily surpassed the previous high of around 52,100 vehicles in September 2021. According to the China Passenger Vehicle Association, more than 70,700 vehicles were produced. Tesla produces the Model 3 sedan and Model Y SUV in China at its Gigafactory 3 near Shanghai. Vehicles and components must be awarded a CCC certificate in order for the products to be exported to China or manufactured locally.
According to Phate Zhang, founder of technology portal CnEVpost, Tesla wants to reduce the number of orders and has therefore raised list prices for new cars. Tesla’s Shanghai plant is suffering from a shortage of chips as the number of vehicles ordered increases, Zhang added. Tesla could therefore fall behind schedule and fail to deliver vehicles on time. In a statement released by Tesla, the company gave more key data on Gigafactory 3, which began operations in 2019 and produced a total of over 484,000 vehicles last year. That represents around 51 percent of Tesla’s total global production of 936,000 units.
A senior Tesla sales manager told the South China Morning Post that the Shanghai plant has already reached its maximum capacity of 450,000 vehicles annually. The price of the base-spec Model Y SUV rose around 9 percent to 301,800 yuan ($47,400). For the Model 3 sedan, the price rose 6 percent to 265,600 yuan ($40,300).
In 2022, the focus will be primarily on the two new gigafactories in Texas and Brandenburg. The start of mass production has been delayed by supply chain problems and the shutdown at Chinese cargo ports caused by the pandemic in the last 2 years.
However, if the factories can overcome the current sluggish phase, hundreds of thousands of electric cars could be produced by the following year.
There are also plans for a new battery plant to produce energy storage devices, which could lead to the possibility of mega-batteries for households in the future.
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