Tesla shines again in the Chinese market, taking two places out of the Top 3. Model Y and Model 3 took the honorable second and third places among all EVs sold in May, once again proving the strength of the brand and confirming the incredibly high demand for its vehicles in China.
China is one of the key markets for Tesla and the manufacturer continues to hold a commanding position there. According to the industry association CPCA (China Passenger Car Association), the company delivered 21,936 vehicles in China in May. Thus, Tesla, selling only two car models, becomes the third best-selling electric vehicle brand in the country. SAIC-GM-Wuling is in first place with 33,175 registrations, and BYD is in the second with 31,908 registrations.
Of the 21,936 vehicles delivered to the Chinese market, 12,728 were Model Y and 9,208 Model 3. Tesla's compact SUV surpassed its sibling in the world's largest electric vehicle market in May 2021, as predicted by CEO Elon Musk in the past. Model Y has already surpassed Model 3 sales in the US and China, and after starting production at Giga Berlin, Model Y is likely to do the same in the European market.
The Wuling Hongguang Mini EV continues to enjoy high popularity in the Chinese market. The EV's affordability has surpassed people's concerns about its safety and sold 29,706 units in May, making the Mini a top seller.
|Wuling Hongguang Mini EV
|Tesla Model Y
|Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model Y is in second place with 12,728 registrations. Compact SUV sales figures will continue to rise as Giga Shanghai is still in the ramp-up phase, having only started started production in January, 2021. Judging by the general trend, Model Y will soon begin to flood the streets of Chinese cities with even greater force.
With the registration of 9,208 units, Model 3 ranks third and rounds out the Top 3 best-selling EVs in China. It should be noted that the company has to balance orders between the Chinese market and export demand. Model 3 continues to enjoy the highest popularity around the world and Giga Shanghai is trying to meet the demand for it in Europe, Asia, and Australia. In May, 11,527 Chinese-made vehicles were shipped to Australia, Israel, and Europe.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.