Tesla Rumoured to Have Sold 70,500 Cars in China for December

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The Chinese auto market remains one of the most important markets for U.S. automaker Tesla, which has had nothing less than an eventful year in the country.

Tesla China reportedly sold a record 70,500 electric vehicle (EV) units in China in December, according to numbers shared by anonymous account @Tesla China Analyst on Friday. The number is for Tesla sales domestically and does not include exports from Giga Shanghai.

The account has provided somewhat accurate Tesla sales numbers in the past, ahead of official announcements. The account accurately shared Tesla’s local sales in China for November 2021.

“In order to make the data more accurate, I waited until the last minute,” said @teslashanghai.

The news comes after Tesla’s November sales from Gigafactory Shanghai amounted to 52,859 units including both exports and vehicles sold in China.

On Tuesday, Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives called the Chinese market the “linchpin” to a bull stance on Tesla.

Earlier this month, Tesla also hinted at the fact that the Model S Plaid could be coming to the Chinese market fairly soon.

Tesla also increased the price of both its Model 3 sedan and the Model Y SUV in China just this week.

According to a recent emissions report, Tesla also reduced emissions in China by more than 850,000 tons throughout 2021.

Tesla has faced both successes and challenges in China throughout the year, including government and military bans on Tesla vehicles due to privacy concerns with its cameras.

We should find out Tesla’s end-of-quarter numbers for its fourth quarter by this weekend or early next week.

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