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Tesla China Shipments Surge 29% in May After April Slump

  • Electric-car maker exported 11,527 China-made EVs last month
  • Wholesales may reflect demand that pre-dates owner protest
Inside a Tesla Showroom in Shanghai As Carmaker Prolongs Model Y China Delivery Times
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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Tesla Inc.’s China shipments rebounded in May from April -- when production was temporarily suspended for maintenance -- though analysts are watching to see if a run of bad publicity will translate into reduced demand in the months ahead.

The electric-car pioneer reported wholesales of 33,463 locally made vehicles last month, compared with 25,845 in April, China’s Passenger Car Association data showed Tuesday. Of the May figure, 11,527 were exported, compared with the 14,174 vehicles that were shipped overseas, mostly to Europe, last month. The number of cars that went to the local market alone in May soared 88% from April.