BEIJING — Tesla’s gross sales in China greater than doubled final yr amid the coronavirus pandemic, in line with a submitting out Monday.
The electrical-car maker’s gross sales in China of $6.66 billion final yr accounted for a few fifth, or 21% of the $31.54 billion complete.
In 2019, Tesla’s China gross sales reached $2.98 billion, simply 12% of the $24.58 billion complete.
The U.S. remained Tesla’s largest market, with gross sales rising 20% final yr to $15.21 billion and accounting for roughly half of complete gross sales.
Tesla started ramping up manufacturing final yr at its manufacturing facility in Shanghai and promoting China-made vehicles to the native market.
The corporate’s Mannequin 3 was the best-selling electrical automobile within the nation in 2020, in line with China’s Passenger Automotive Affiliation. The automaker additionally started deliveries of a brand new mannequin, a China-made Mannequin Y, to native prospects this yr.
Nonetheless, Tesla faces competitors within the native market from Chinese language electrical automobile start-ups like Nio and Xpeng, whereas regulatory scrutiny has elevated.
On Monday, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation mentioned on its web site that it and 4 different authorities departments lately met with Tesla’s native subsidiaries over a rise in client studies of auto issues.
Amongst a number of incidents that garnered consideration on Chinese language social media in the previous few weeks, a Mannequin 3 reportedly exploded in a Shanghai parking storage in January. Final week, Chinese language authorities mentioned Tesla wanted to recall greater than 36,000 vehicles on account of a touchscreen failure.
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