Tesla CEO Elon Musk Congratulates China’s NIO on 100,000 Electric Vehicles Produced

Earlier this week, Chinese electric vehicle automaker, NIO, recently celebrated producing its 100,000th electric vehicle, a black ES8 7-seater SUV that rolled off the line. NIO is known for opting for battery swaps in China for its electric vehicles.

On Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk congratulated NIO on its achievement, responding to a CleanTechnica story on NIO.

“Congrats to NIO. That is a tough milestone,” said Musk.

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Musk has famously said during the initial ramp-up of the Model 3, Tesla was in “production hell”.

NIO CEO Wiliam Li said the company is capable of making 10,000 cars per month, and already had days in March where it made 400 vehicles per day. NIO shut down production at its Hefei plant for five business days as it was affected by the global semiconductor shortage.

The Chinese EV company shared it delivered 20,600 vehicles during Q1 2021, up a whopping 423% year-over-year. But in China, Tesla remains on top, as the company saw March deliveries grow 94% compared to February.