Tesla announces record deliveries of electric cars

Tesla announces record deliveries of electric cars

During the first quarter of 2021, Tesla broke another record. The electric carmaker announced new record deliveries of 184,800 electric cars. Traditionally, Q1 of any year is a slow quarter for car companies, especially so with the impact of coronavirus, so the achievement is particularly noteworthy.

From January to March 2021, Tesla delivered 184,800 electric cars to customers, including 182,780 Model 3 and Model Y and 2,020 Model S and Model X. The previous record quarter was Q4/2020 with 180,570 deliveries.

Although Tesla does not break down the deliveries by region or more than model groups (Model S/X and Model 3/Y), it is safe to assume that China, in combination with the incentives in Europe, has had a significant impact, especially on sales of the Model Y. Indeed, Tesla refers to “the strong reception of the Model Y in China,” where the carmaker is “quickly progressing to full production capacity.”

In the first quarter of 2021, Tesla produced a total of 180,338 vehicles. This, too, is a new record, besting the 179,757 units made in Q4/2020. What’s more, this time production was made up of exclusively Model 3 and Model Y. Tesla had put the Model S and X production on hold this year to prepare the lines for the revised versions presented at the end of January. In an update, the company said: “The new Model S and Model X have also been exceptionally well received, with the new equipment installed and tested in Q1, and we are in the early stages of ramping production.”

Tesla now operates on a target of 50% annual growth for its deliveries in future, and says it will likely “grow faster” in 2021. Growth at 50% this year would mean the delivery of about 750,000 vehicles or 187,500 per quarter. Gigafactories in Germany and Texas planned to come online in 2021 would also enable production of additional vehicles.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:6th Apr 2021

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