Shares of Tesla Inc. rose Thursday to a 10th straight gain and their highest close since October, as data out of China showed that the electric-vehicle giant sold more cars in May than the previous month.
Tesla stock TSLA, +4.58% closed up 4.6% to $234.86, for its highest closing price since Oct. 6, when it closed at $238.13, and its largest one-day percentage increase since May 26, when it rose 4.7%. It has charged up 28.4% over the past 10 days, its longest win streak since the 11-day run that ended Jan. 8, 2021.
Tesla shares continued their upward trajectory in the aftermarket, up more than 3% after the EV maker and General Motors Co. GM, -1.02% announced that GM EV owners will be able to use Tesla’s fast-charging network starting next year.
Earlier Thursday, the China Passenger Car Association reported that May retail sales of new-energy vehicles, which includes electric and plug-in hybrids, jumped 60.9% from a year ago to 580,000 vehicles, or 33.3% of the total passenger cars sold of 1.74 million, according to a Dow Jones Newswires report.
Tesla delivered 77,695 cars that were made at its Shanghai facility in May, the DJ report said, which is up from 75,842 cars delivered in April but down from the more than 88,800 EVs delivered in March.
Meanwhile, shares of other China-based EV makers were mixed, as Nio Inc.’s stock NIO, +0.39% dropped 1.5%, but Xpeng Inc. shares XPEV, +0.95% climbed 0.9% and Li Auto Inc.’s stock LI, +0.66% tacked on 0.7%.
Tesla generated $4.89 billion in sales from China during the first quarter, or 21.0% of total sales. In 2022, the company’s China sales totaled $18.15 billion, or 22.2% of total sales for the year.
Separately, the Associated Press reported that late Wednesday that Tesla may face a class-action lawsuit after 240 Black factory workers described racism and discrimination at the company’s plant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Claudia Assis in San Francisco contributed to this report.