South China Morning Post Citing a notice from China’s State Administration of Markets (SAMR), Tesla will recall 21,599 Model Ys manufactured in Shanghai between February 4 and October 30, to remedy the problem. try. Specifically, the American automaker needs to repair a faulty steering knuckle, which can break in extreme conditions causing the vehicle to lose control.
“The recall will prevent some Tesla supporters from buying their vehicles. All eyes will be on China’s Tesla rivals to see if they can close the gap with the market leader,” said Eric Han, senior manager at business consulting firm Suolei. based in Shanghai, said.
Visitors to the Model Y are located at Tesla’s showroom in Beijing
Tesla is the mainland’s leading electric vehicle (EV) company, outselling its closest competitor by a 5-to-1 ratio in September 2021. Since then, China’s domestic EV makers NIO, Xpeng and Li Auto have all stepped up their chase for the US automaker, each of which reported record deliveries in the past month.
In June 2021, Tesla announced that 285,000 cars in China had been repaired with a faulty cruise control function. But this fix is done through over-the-air programming software updates. The Model Y is also facing image problems, after customers complained about receiving vehicles with USB ports that failed to perform all of the listed functions.
Tesla does not release monthly delivery figures for China. However, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), the company delivered more than 56,000 vehicles in China at its peak in September 2021, more than double the combined deliveries of NIO, Xpeng and Li Auto.
The following month, however, of Tesla’s 54,391 vehicles shipped in Shanghai’s Lingang free trade zone, only 13,725 were delivered to mainland buyers. Meanwhile, Xpeng delivered 15,613 vehicles in the past month, up 270% from a year ago. NIO reported 10,878 vehicles delivered in the same month, more than double from last year. Li Auto delivered 13,485 units, an increase of 190% over the same period in 2020.
By mid-2021, the CPCA had forecast total EV deliveries in the mainland would more than double to 2.4 million units this year, spurred by Beijing’s decision to achieve its carbon neutral goal by 2060 .