Tesla finally started its first deliveries for its new China-made Model Y vehicles. Reports stated that the deliveries are another milestone for the electric vehicle manufacturer in the world’s largest vehicle market.
The deliveries were believed to have started on Monday. However, it is still unclear how many Model Y EVs were delivered.
Tesla also did not state if the cars were being shipped to retail customers or employees. Although news agencies tried to coordinate with the EV giant manufacturer, the company still didn’t respond for comment.
Elon Musk since to be focusing on China. Why? Because the Asian country is considered the company’s largest market.
This means that it is critically important for Tesla to grow and expand even more. The company said that it wants to increase its vehicle sales volume from about 500,000 in 2020 to 20 million annually over the next few years.
Why China is important to Tesla
China was a driving force behind Tesla’s delivery volume in 2020. The tech giant manufacturer was able to deliver 499,550 vehicles, which is an impressive 36% increase compared to its stats in 2019.
Although this is the case, Tesla still fell short of its target which is 500,000 electric vehicles. The giant manufacturer began production of the Tesla Model 3 sedan at its Shanghai Gigafactory in late 2019.
Its plant in China is the first one that is outside of the United States. Tesla started the Model 3 deliveries to its Chinese customers a little more than a year ago.
Ever since the company started the deliveries, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has become the world’s richest person, thanks to a massive 700% gain in the manufacturer’s stock.
Tesla built its $2 billion Shanghai plant in just under a year, a rapid timeframe for the global automotive industry. On the other hand, other vehicle manufacturers establish local production to lower shipping costs and avoid import duties or delays, especially in China.
Model Y receives 5-star rating in NHTSA Crash Test
Tesla’s popular electric vehicle has shown once again why people should buy it. The popular automobile received a perfect crash score.
Model Y was able to match the Model-3’s 5-star crash-test rating by the American Agency, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA. However, you must take note that the variant tested was the Long Range AWD model with dual motors.
Tesla is still expecting the remaining variants of Model Y will show the same promising results. Since the Model Y car is an SUV, it has improved crash energy management in the rear and front crumple zones, as well as in its side structures.
This allows the car to divert the force around in a way that minimizes the risk of injury to the occupants. The SUV also has a bunch of autonomous safety tech and the famous Autopilot feature on board.
The popular EV includes standard features such as lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring. All these features are what make Model Y a safe vehicle for you and your family.