On March 10, Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted on social media that he was celebrating the launch of Tesla’s 1 millionth car, 12 years after the first electric car, the Roadster, was delivered in 2008. Tesla’s deliveries have grown rapidly in recent years as the Model 3 completes its capacity climb. In February, Tesla delivered nearly a third of China’s electric cars.
While deliveries are bucking the trend, Tesla’s production capacity is climbing in tandem.
According to February’s Power Battery Monthly Database, production of new energy vehicles in the domestic market in February was about 12,000 units, down 77% year-on-year. Among them, Tesla’s Shanghai plant produced 3,898 vehicles in February, accounting for more than 30%, surpassing BYD and ranking first in China’s new energy vehicle production.
Tesla is reported to have achieved a delivery target of 367,500 vehicles last year, seven times as many as in 2014. Tesla earlier disclosed that the Model 3 and Model Y at its Fremont plant in the U.S. will have a capacity of 500,000 vehicles per year by the middle of this year, and is on track to reach its target of 500,000 vehicles this year.
At present, Tesla’s Shanghai super plant has resumed production and is working hard to produce the domestic Model 3 model. Taulin, Tesla’s global vice president, has also said delivery, which is scheduled for early February after the Spring Festival, will be put on hold and that Tesla will try to make up for the delay before the outbreak improves.