On Wednesday, Tesla Inc, a leading automotive and clean energy company led by the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, shipped 4,767 cars from its Shanghai plant to Slovenia.
The shipment, the first batch of exports since the factory reopened on April 19, follows a week of reduced vehicle production at Tesla’s Shanghai factory due to parts shortages caused in part by a supplier’s Covid-19 lockdown.
Tesla did not export any China-made Model 3 or Model Y from the Shanghai plant in April due to supply chain issues, as China’s zero-Covid-19 policies had a significant impact on production and logistics.
In April, Tesla sold 1,512 China-made electric vehicles in the country, a drop of more than 95 percent from the previous month.
The EV manufacturer produced an estimated 10,757 electric vehicles at its Shanghai plant, but did not export any to Europe or other parts of Asia other than mainland China, as it had in previous months.
According to the China Passenger Car Association, Tesla sold 183,686 of its China-made electric vehicles in the first four months of 2022, 73,874 of which were exported out of the country.