Tesla’s Giga Shanghai Hits Model Y Production Record in March

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Tesla reached record-breaking production levels in China in March, producing 60,127 Model Y units and 27,810 Model 3 units, according to @Roland Pircher, citing data from the Tesla Podcast on Wednesday.

In February, Giga Shanghai produced 52,000 Model Y and 20,000 Model 3 vehicles.

The 60,000 Model Y milestone in one month is a record, dating back to January 2021 when the compact crossover was first being delivered in China. In January 2021, only 4,000 Model Y vehicles were produced. Fast forward just over two years and that number is now at 60,127 made in just one month.

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The automaker also outsold most other companies in the battery-electric vehicle (BEV) segment in March, with the Model Y selling 54,937 units to top sales charts, as detailed by @Berlinergy.

The figure is nearly 20,000 units higher than the next best-seller, the BYD Dolphin, which sold 37,687 units during the month. Tesla’s Model 3 earned the sixth-best-selling spot with 21,726 units sold, behind the Wuling Hongguang Mini (23,159), the GAC AION S (26,392) and the BYD Yuan Plus (27,907).

The premium segment in China was also dominated by Tesla, with BEV models priced between 200,000 and 400,000 RMB ($29,029 to $58,058 USD) being topped by the Model Y in first and the Model 3 in second. Making up the rest of this segment’s top five were the BEVs that sold tens of thousands fewer units than Tesla’s, including the BYD Han EV (7,655), the NIO ET5 (6,437) and the BYD Song Plus EV (6,050).

Throughout all of Q1, Tesla’s Model Y also dominated with 94,647 units sold, beating out the second-place Wuling Hongguang Mini EV (69,842) by about 15,000 units. The Tesla Model 3 was sixth overall in the quarter, selling 42,782 units total.

The news comes just a day after news surfaced that the Tesla Model Y was China’s top-selling vehicle overall in Q1, even including gas cars.