Tesla China’s sales and production plummeted in April due to Shanghai lockdown

May 11, 2022 0 Comments

Tesla China’s sales and production plummeted in April due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai.

According to data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), the EV maker sold 1,512 vehicles in mainland China last month, down 98% from March. Meanwhile, its production in the country also fell 81% to 10,757 in April from 55,462 in March.

Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory delivered 65,184 vehicles in March, up 15% from February, as consumer demand for electric vehicles remained strong even during the pandemic. Last year, the Shanghai plant exported 484,130 vehicles, nearly half of the company’s global deliveries of 936,000 vehicles.

However, Tesla did not export any China-made Model 3s and Model Ys from the Shanghai plant in April, CPCA’s data showed.

Due to local coronavirus restrictions, Tesla’s Shanghai factory was closed for several weeks before resuming operations at a reduced operating rate in a closed-loop configuration in late April, with some employees living at the facility.

But the resumption did not last long. Citing sources familiar with Tesla’s operations, Reuters reported that the Shanghai plant suspended work again on Monday after it faced difficulties procuring supplies.

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