Tesla has also increased orders for LG Chem, which plans to make batteries in South Korea, as demand increases, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Sales of Tesla’s electric cars are doing well, according to people familiar with the matter, and Tesla is asking not only LG Chemical but other suppliers to increase supplies.
Another person familiar with the matter said LG Chemical would convert some of its production lines in South Korea to help Tesla make batteries.
LG Chemical’s Nanjing plant is already producing batteries for Tesla.
Tesla said Thursday that it produced more than 82,000 electric cars in the second quarter and delivered about 90,650, exceeding market expectations.
Specifically, Tesla produced 6,326 Model S/Xs in the second quarter, delivered 10,600 Model S/Xs, 75,946 Model 3/Y and 80,050 Model 3/Y.