Tesla sold 32,165 Chinese-made vehicles in May

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Chinese-made Tesla Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at the carmaker’s factory in Shanghai, China January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

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SHANGHAI, June 9 (Reuters) – U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla (TSLA.O) sold 32,165 Chinese-made vehicles in May, including 22,340 for export, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said on Thursday.

This compares to 1,152 vehicles sold and none exported in April. The Tesla factory halted work for 22 days from late March to comply with a citywide lockdown in Shanghai.

The factory, which makes Model 3s and Model Ys, reopened on April 19 and resumed exports on May 11, but struggled to bring production back to pre-lockdown levels.

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Tesla’s Shanghai factory produced 33,544 vehicles in May, up 212% from April, the association added.

China’s BYD (002594.SZ) delivered 114,183 cars in May. Electric vehicle maker Li Auto (2015.HK) delivered 11,496 and Xpeng Inc (9868.HK) delivered 10,125.

The CPCA also said May passenger car sales in China totaled 1.37 million, down 17.3 percent from a year earlier.

June sales are expected to be 10 to 20 percent higher than a year earlier, CPCA General Secretary Cui Dongshu told reporters. Demand from previous months, suppressed by lockdowns that have now eased, would support June sales, Cui said.

The world’s biggest auto market is recovering from its worst monthly decline since March 2020 after China’s efforts to stamp out COVID-19 outbreaks in several cities disrupted supply chains and dampened demand.

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Reporting by Zhang Yan and Brenda Goh; Editing by Edmund Blair and Bradley Perrett

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