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Tesla Forecasted to Sell in China 100,000 vehicles in China in 2020; Model 3 Was the Best Selling EV in China for the Past Two Months

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【Summary】U.S. electric automaker Tesla is expected to have impressive sales numbers for the rest of the year in China, according to China’s Passenger Car Association (CPCA), which tracks sales in the world’s biggest auto market. Tesla sales for 2020 are estimated to be 100,000+ vehicles, despite the effect of the pandemic earlier this year which led to the shut down of most of China’s auto production and sales.

FutureCar Staff    Aug 12, 2020 7:30 PM PT
Tesla Forecasted to Sell in China 100,000 vehicles in China in 2020; Model 3 Was the Best Selling EV in China for the Past Two Months
Tesla employees celebrate the first Model 3s to roll off the assembly line at Tesla's Shanghai factory last December.

U.S. electric automaker Tesla is expected to have impressive sales numbers for the rest of the year in China, according to China's Passenger Car Association (CPCA), which tracks sales in the world's biggest auto market.  

According to the CPCA, the popularity of the Model 3 with Chinese car buyers is expected to remain strong for the rest of the year and that sentiment is shared by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), which also tracks China's auto industry, 

The CAAM said that Tesla sales for 2020 are estimated to be 100,000 vehicles, despite the effect of the pandemic earlier this year which led to the shut down of most of China's auto production and sales.

Tesla sold 11,041 Model 3s sedans during the month of July, making the China-built Model 3 the best-selling battery-powered vehicle in China for the month. All of the vehicles were built at Tesla's new Shanghai factory.

Tesla's June sales were even bigger in China. The CPCA reported that the company sold 14,954 vehicles over the 30 day period, which closed out Q2.

The first deliveries of Model 3s built in Shanghai began in Dec 2019, which were the first-ever Tesla vehicles built overseas. Before Tesla's Shanghai factory went online late last year, all of its vehicles were shipped from its factory in Fremont, California.

The California-based company is also the first foreign automaker to wholly own a factory in China, after the Chinese government relaxed rules that restricted automakers from owning no more than a 50% stake of any joint venture with a Chinese partner. 

Producing the Model 3 locally allows Tesla to avoid steep tariffs on imported autos, giving Tesla an advantage over its overseas competitors in the world's largest auto market.

Tesla recently began deliveries of the Long-Range RWD Model 3, which further helped to boost sales. The long battery life version starts at ¥ 344,050 (US$49,575) and can travel up to 276 miles between charges.

To make the Model 3 more appealing to Chinese customers, the Model 3 is being tailored for the local market. The changes include using the popular Baidu Maps app for navigation, which works more seamlessly on China's congested roads than Tesla's own navigation. 


To offer Chinese consumers better driving experience, the automaker has introduced some popular China-developed apps including video sharing platform Bilibili that owners can access from the vehicle's built-in infotainment system.

In addition, as tensions between the Trump administration and Beijing rise over data privacy concerns, Tesla moved its data and certification services for Chinese users from the U.S. to China. 

As reported by Gasgoo, Tesla's decision to move the server to China from the U.S. would help Tesla better serve its Chinese customers with faster service response times and greater reliability to prevent problems or unstable connections using the Tesla app.

The changes improve the overall Tesla ownership experience. 

Tesla booming Model 3 sales can also be attributed to the expansion of its Supercharger network, which makes it more convenient for owners to charge their vehicles. Tesla announced that its latest V3 superchargers have been deployed in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Tesla is aiming to build over 4,000 superchargers by the end of the year.

Tesla is also getting ready to start production of the Model Y crossover in Shanghai which will further boost its China sales. Last month, the automaker shared the first pictures of the production lines for the Model Y nearing completion.

Deliveries of the first China-made Model Y crossover is set to start in 2021, so Tesla may have two popular electric models on the market simultaneously, which will extend the company's reach into China even further.

resource from: Gasgoo

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