Getty ImagesBEIJING– Teslas Model Y is getting off to a strong start in China, less than 3 months since deliveries began.The mid-size SUV was the 3rd best-selling electric automobile in February at 4,630 cars, according to data launched Wednesday by the China Passenger Car Association. Taking January into account, the information showed the cars and truck was the ninth-best seller among new energy lorries, a classification that consists of electric cars.Tesla announced on New Years Day its China-made Model Y would begin shipments at a rate that Chinese media stated was 30% more affordable than previously announced.The Model Y was popular although automobile sales usually fall during the week-long Lunar New Year vacation, which was in February this year. Nationwide automobile sales fell 45.5% in February from January, according to the association. For the very first two months of the year, that data showed nearly 3.34 million passenger cars have actually been sold in China, with new energy lorries accounting for 7.5%. Chinese electrical car start-ups Xpeng and Li Auto both revealed a sharp drop in deliveries in February to simply over 2,000 cars each and low projections for the very first quarter. Competing Nio led the group with approximately twice the deliveries in February and a much greater guidance for the quarter.The three Chinese start-ups vehicles rank among the leading 15 brand-new energy vehicles sold in China in the first two months of the year, according to the automobile association data.Teslas Model 3 takes second placeBut the start-ups still lag larger automakers in Chinas electric car market.First location went to the Hongguang Mini, a low-cost miniature electrical vehicle established by General Motors joint venture with Wuling Motors and state-owned SAIC Motor. Teslas Model 3 sedan, which was the very popular electric car in China in 2015, ranked second for February and the very first 2 months of the year, according to the associations data.In 3rd location for January and February integrated was BYDs high-end Han sedan, the information showed. The automobile, which can be found in both pure-electric and hybrid designs, has actually risen in appeal considering that its launch last summer.Due to reliance on self-reporting, some in Chinas automobile market have called into question the precision of the associations figures.