"China is the world's largest producer and consumer of automobiles, and has the world's leading fertile ground for research and development of smart car technology and a consumer environment for new energy vehicles." At the opening ceremony of the 3rd Qingdao Summit of Multinational Leaders held on June 19, Tao Lin, Global Vice President of Tesla, said this. According to Tao Lin, the Chinese market plays an indispensable leading role in the global new energy vehicle industry.
The year 2022 marks Tesla's ninth year in China, and data shows that the Shanghai plant, Tesla's second super factory outside the US, delivered 484,000 vehicles in 2021, accounting for 51.7 per cent of total global deliveries.
Tao Lin also made it clear at the conference that the Shanghai Superfactory continues to be Tesla's most important export base and production centre. "In 2021 the Shanghai plant will deliver more than 480,000 pure electric vehicles to global customers, contributing half of Tesla's global deliveries and delivering high levels of Chinese manufacturing to the world."
And Tesla is also accelerating the pace of localisation in China. In May this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla would expand its super factory in Shanghai.
According to Tao Lin, Tesla has set up a research and development centre and data centre in China. The research and development centre is the first full vehicle innovation research and development centre outside of Tesla's home country of the United States, creating a Chinese research and development global premiere of new sales models.
According to the data, Tesla China produced 33,500 vehicles in May, an increase of 212% year-on-year; wholesale sales were 32,200 units, of which 22,300 were exported. From January to May this year, Tesla China's cumulative deliveries were 215,900 units, an increase of more than 50% year-on-year and already more than half of last year's annual deliveries.