In the world of EVs, Tesla often finds itself sitting at the helm – outpacing other automakers in terms of consumer popularity and interest, as well as production output. Q1 appears to be no different, with the automaker reporting over 310,000 deliveries, which represents a new all-time delivery record. This is impressive on its own, but especially impressive when we consider the supply chain issues that have plagued the industry this quarter.
In fact, it was widely anticipated that Tesla would break its hot streak of delivery records this quarter, primarily due to the aforementioned supply chain issues, as well as two shutdowns at Gigafactory Shanghai due to COVID-19. Tesla’s 310,000 delivery achievement follows on the heels of an impressive Q4, during which Tesla delivered 308,000 vehicles.
“In the first quarter, we produced over 305,000 vehicles and delivered over 310,000 vehicles, despite ongoing supply chain challenges and factory shutdowns,” read the official report. Perhaps it’s important to note that this production number is slightly below last quarter’s high of 305,840, but Tesla still managed to outpace previous delivery efforts thanks to ample inventory.
From a year-over-year standpoint, Tesla is experiencing incredible growth. In Q1 of 2021, Tesla produced 180,338 vehicles and delivered 184,800 vehicles. This means the automaker has achieved a year-over-year increase in production of 69 per cent. It is also estimated that Tesla may have produced up to 10,000 additional vehicles if Gigafactory Shanghai hadn’t been shut down temporarily.