Tesla China sees 8,500 insurance registrations in week ending Sept 17

Key Points

  • 📉 Tesla China witnessed a 20.56% decrease in insurance registrations, with 8,500 registrations in the week ending September 17, compared to 10,700 in the previous week.
  • 🚗 These registrations likely pertain to Model Y, as Model 3 deliveries in China are expected to start in Q4 2023.
  • 🏭 Gigafactory Shanghai is the sole producer of the updated Model 3, and deliveries should remain consistent.
  • 📈 With the imminent start of Model 3 deliveries in China, Tesla’s insurance registrations may see an uptick, potentially impacting the fourth-quarter results and the global rollout of the updated Model 3.

Tesla China saw a drop in its weekly insurance registrations during the week of September 11-17. During the week ending September 17, Tesla China saw a total of 8,500 insurance registrations, a 20.56% drop from the previous week’s 10,700.

With the previous week’s results in mind, it would suggest that Tesla China has seen a total of 22,300 vehicle registrations until the end of the previous week. For context, Tesla saw a total of 11,800 insurance registrations for the week ending September 3, 2023

While Tesla’s results for the week ending September 17 represent a drop in registrations, the numbers are actually quite impressive if one were to consider the fact that the figures do not include the new Model 3 at all. Orders of the updated Model 3 have been opened in China, but the vehicle has yet to start customer deliveries in the country, as noted in a CNEV Post report.

The 8,500 registrations recorded for the week ending September 17, therefore, are likely just Model Ys. 

Tesla China opened pre-sales of the new Model 3 at the beginning of the month, with the company stating that deliveries are expected to start in Q4 2023. Drone flyovers of Gigafactory Shanghai suggest that production of the updated Model 3 is already ongoing, and initial shipments to foreign territories are still underway. 

Gigafactory Shanghai is the only Tesla factory that currently produces the updated Model 3. Thus, all updated Model 3s that are being sold today are being produced at Giga Shanghai. Fortunately, Giga Shanghai is also Tesla’s largest factory by volume, so deliveries of the new Model 3 would likely be consistent. 

Considering that domestic deliveries of the new Model 3 are expected to begin soon, Tesla China’s insurance registrations could see a notable rise in the coming weeks. This should help Tesla’s fourth quarter results, and it could start the ramp of the updated Model 3 worldwide.

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