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Tesla sells 95,125 cars in first 4 months

United States electric carmaker Tesla says it sold 95,125 vehicles in China in the first four months of the year amid good momentum in the country’s green car market.

Tesla sold 25,845 electric vehicles in April, down from 35,478 units in March, according to China Passenger Car Association data released yesterday.

The association said Tesla was a key factor in the surge in exports of new-energy vehicles in April, with 14,174 electric vehicles exported from its Shanghai Gigafactory.

Tesla said that it halted production for two weeks in April to upgrade production line equipment and sales had fluctuated as a result.

China saw total sales of 163,000 new-energy vehicles in April, a jump of 193 percent year on year.

Tesla sparked heated discussion online in recent months. In April, the company clashed with a car buyer who stood on top of a Tesla vehicle on the first media day of the 2021 Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition claiming brake failure had caused an accident. 

She demanded that Tesla provide complete data from the half hour prior to the accident.

In February, China published draft rules to ensure the security of data generated by smart cars. In May, Tesla said it was developing a platform for car owners in China that will allow them to access data generated by their vehicles.


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