American electric carmaker Tesla sold 32,968 vehicles in July, up 199% year-on-year, while the volume of made-in-China cars delivered domestically in July was only 8,621, down 69% from the 28,138 units delivered in June, according to data released Tuesday by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA).
Over 20,000 vehicles were exported in July, including 16,137 Model 3s and 8,210 Model Ys.
CPCA also reported the sales volume of passenger cars in China last month, which reached 1.52 million vehicles, down 6.4% year-on-year.
Tesla’s Gigafactory Shanghai has fully transitioned to the become the firm’s primary export hub due to strong demand in local US markets and global average cost optimization. Sources said the Shanghai factory’s combined annual production of Model Ys and Model 3s has now reached 450,000 units.
Tesla now accepts advance orders for the Model Y, while the first batch delivered to Europe have been produced by Gigafactory Shanghai. Besides Shanghai, Tesla plans to build its fourth Gigafactory in Berlin, Germany. The Berlin factory should have been put into use this month according to Tesla’s original plan, but the facility has yet to pass audit requirements.
Tesla reportedly plans to open another factory in the populous country of India. However, firm CEO Elon Musk tweeted recently that Tesla will first export cars into India to determine whether its entry in the local market can succeed.