Here are results that will allow Tesla to evacuate the rest of the frustration of having missed, to nearly 450 copies, the target of 500,000 copies delivered in 2020. This April 2, the car manufacturer took stock of its first quarter 2021 ended March 31. A new historical record has been reached. Tesla delivered more copies than last quarter last year, which listed 180,000 vehicles.
In its report released this Friday, it is noted that 184,800 copies were delivered, beyond expectations. “In the first quarter, we produced just over 180,000 vehicles and delivered nearly 185,000 vehicles. We are motivated by the good reception of the Model Y in China, and are progressing rapidly towards full production capacity ”, rejoiced Tesla who has had to face a lot of problems in recent weeks.
Mainly Model 3 and Model Y
Compared to the first quarter of 2020, Tesla posts growth of 110%. The manufacturer did not have the same production for the Model Y a year ago, when sales started to swell in March. All models combined, 88,000 copies had been delivered. They are therefore nearly 100,000 more this year.
Looking into the detail, it should be noted that the Model S and Model X are drastically under-represented, with only 2,020 units delivered. Tesla, upstream of the marketing of its new restyled version which will adapt to both the sedan and the SUV, has decided to cut production pending. Sales have run out of steam over time as well.
The context of the first quarter of 2021 does not stop at this detail. Other factors limited Tesla, such as a fire at its Fremont plant, the shortage of microprocessors and the pace of deliveries slowed down by the health situation. Usually, seasonal decreases are also observed among builders during the first quarter.
Tesla therefore achieved its record with only its Model 3 and Model Y. “For the first quarter, our volumes benefited from a leverage effect with the Model Y in Shanghai”, said CFO Zachary Kirkhorn, in Tesla’s earnings call, relayed by Electrek. An excellent indicator for the rest of the year despite the difficult forecasts on microprocessors, and the arrival of competing electric models.