Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory has started to export locally manufactured Model Y electric vehicles to other countries, with a total of 8,210 Model Y vehicles sold to Europe in July, local media reported.
This is the first time the US automaker has shipped Model Y cars to Europe, news portal sina.com.cn reported on Monday.
In addition, the Shanghai factory also exported 16,137 Model 3 cars last month, it said.
Tesla didn't reply to the Global Times for confirmation as of press time.
Automakers in China exported a total of 128,000 passenger cars in July, surging 212 percent year-on-year, of which new energy vehicles account for 20 percent, the latest data from the China Passenger Car Association showed. This reflects improving competitiveness of the country's manufacturing sector.
In stark contrast to its export, Tesla sales in Chinese market plunged 69 percent to 8,621 vehicles in July, from the high sales of 28,138 registered in June, according to the association.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted on China's social media Sina Weibo on Friday that the Shanghai factory is assembling Model Y cars for export in the first half of the quarter.