Although Tesla has denied the rumor of price reductions, the news has already had a certain impact on the pricing strategy and rhythm of new products released by XPeng Motors and Li Auto.
Although the young people working in Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory have relatively higher wages, a tight production pace leads to a higher turnover.
A Tesla Model 3 crashed in China after its Autopilot system failed to respond to a blockage on the far right side of the road on September 18. No injuries were reported.
According to the Environmental Information Release Platform of Shanghai Enterprises and Institutions, a production line optimization project for the second stage of Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai (Phase I) was completed on September 1.
News emerged recently that Tesla is reevaluating the way it sells EVs in the Chinese market, considering closing some showrooms in malls. Tesla China responded that sales channels are still occurring at the normal rate of expansion within the country.
On September 16, Tesla's official website in China showed that the shortest expected delivery time of all models of the company's Model 3 and Model Y has been shortened to one week.
Lei Jun, the founder and CEO of Chinese tech firm Xiaomi, said that the race in the EV industry was just getting started, "and I think Xiaomi has plenty of opportunities."
According to comments on September 1 by Cui Dongshu, Secretary General of the China Passenger Car Association, Tesla's August delivery volume in the country is expected to have totaled about 77,000 vehicles, an increase of 173% from July.
The website of Tesla China shows that the estimated delivery time for the rear-wheel drive version of its Model Y has been reduced to 1-4 weeks from the previous 4-8 weeks.
Tesla officially surpassed 100 EV super-charging stations in Beijing on August 30, reaching a total of 890 super-charging piles in the city. Tesla owners in Beijing can now find charging stations within an average of 15 minutes.
Guangzhi Cao, a former Tesla engineer and former Head of Perception at XPeng Motors, who was involved in allegations of commercial theft, has joined Pegasus, a Chinese automated driving startup.
Shenzhen-based automotive firm BYD released a financial report on August 29, showing that its revenue in the first half of this year reached 150.607 billion yuan ($21.8 billion), a year-on-year increase of 65.71%.
According to the Tianyancha App, a commercial querying platform, Tesla (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. added a case filing information on August 26. The case cause was an intellectual property infringement dispute.
Chinese EV maker NIO is developing lithium ferromanganese phosphate and 4680 batteries, and plans to mass-produce these two batteries for itself and its sub-brand ALPS.
During a telephone conference following the release of its second-quarter financial report on August 23, XPeng Motors said that it would speed up the pace of new product launches within a price range of 150,000 yuan to 500,000 yuan ($21,850 - $72,838).
In response to several recent rumors about Tesla China, on the evening of August 23, the company's customer support account announced that Tesla's made-in-China models have no plans to use any new batteries, including 4680 batteries, at present.
It was reported that a new version of Tesla Model 3 would be fully equipped with an M3P battery made by Chinese industry giant CATL. On August 18, a spokesperson for Tesla China said that this news is just a rumor and is inconsistent with the facts.
Tesla China's website now shows that estimated delivery times for the rear-wheel drive version Model Y have been shortened from 8-12 weeks to 4-8 weeks.
Grace Tao, Global Vice President of Tesla, announced via domestic microblogging platform Weibo on August 15 that the localization rate of Tesla China's supply chain has exceeded 95%, as the firm's Shanghai Gigafactory has now produced more than 1 million vehicles.
After a car accident involving Taiwanese singer and racecar driver Jimmy Lin, another Tesla vehicle has crashed in mainland China. Recently, a Tesla Model Y owner suddenly lost control of the vehicle and hit a wall.