Tesla delivered more cars than it made in the first quarter of 2021


Tesla delivered nearly 185,000 cars in the first quarter of 2021, more than in the three-month period, according to figures the company shared FridayTesla has ramped up production capacity and just missed CEO Elon Musk’s goal of delivering 500,000 cars by 2020.

Of the cars Tesla delivered in the first quarter of 2021, nearly 183,000 were Model 3 and Model Y, more than the 180,000 of those models produced in Q1. In addition to Model 3 and Model Y deliveries, the company also sold 2,020 Model S vehicles produced in previous quarters.

Tesla announced redesigns for the Model S and Model X in January 2021, adding new powertrains, extended range options and the in-car landscape display of the more popular Model 3. Tesla says the redesigns have been “exceptionally well received” and it is in the early stages of ramping up production of both new models.

The company has not disclosed specific delivery numbers for cars in China, but Tesla says it remains happy to receive its newer Model Y in the country. China has been a focus for Tesla since it opened its Gigafactory there in 2019, which the company appears to be crucial in meeting the demand for its cars. When Tesla shared its financials for the fourth quarter of 2020, it announced it would be able to produce as many as 1.05 million cars in a year at its Shanghai plant.

Tesla and Musk have not yet announced ambitious delivery targets for 2021, but compared to 88,400 delivered cars in the first quarter of 2020, Tesla appears to be on the right track to beat last year’s 500,000-car target.