delivers 8,621 locally produced vehicles in China in July, down 69% from June

Locally produced Tesla vehicles delivered 8,621 units in China in July, down 69 percent from 28,138 in June, according to a report released Tuesday by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA).

The CPCA did not directly release data on Tesla's deliveries in China, but said the company's wholesale sales in the country in July were 32,968 units, of which 24,347 were exported.

Tesla China's wholesale sales in July were essentially unchanged from June's 33,155 units, and its exports in July were up 385 percent from June's 5,017 units, meaning that the majority of locally produced models were shipped abroad in July.

That may be due to Tesla's decision to ship the Model Y, made at Shanghai Gigafactory, to Germany to begin the model's first deliveries in Europe.

Tesla had planned to start production at Gigafactory Berlin in the summer to begin deliveries in the third quarter, but CEO Elon Musk complained that German government red tape delayed it until late this year or early next year.

Previously Tesla had said the Shanghai Gigafactory had become a major export hub given the strong demand in the US market and global cost optimization.

This means that the Shanghai Gigafactory will be the main supplier of the Model Y to the European market, instead of the factory in Fremont.