Tesla breaks its record and doubles its sales in the first quarter despite production shortage
Tesla announced on Friday (2) that it more than doubled the number of cars delivered in the first quarter of the year – 184,800 vehicles were sold between January and March, against 88,500 in the same period in 2020. The number even exceeds the old record of 180 thousand sales, in the fourth quarter of last year.
The automaker shows that it is recovering from the impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic last year. One of the responsibles for this was the Model Y, a more spacious version of its Model 3 sedan – both cars accounted for almost all of their deliveries in the first quarter.
“We are encouraged by the strong reception of the Model Y in China and are quickly progressing to full production capacity. 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.” the company said in an official statement.
The Model S and the sport utility vehicle Model X, their top-of-the-line models, accounted for only 2,020 deliveries in the first quarter. Tesla still suffered from production problems earlier this year, when it had to close the Fremont plant for a few days due to a lack of chips – drastically reducing the production of both vehicles.
Lack of parts and factory shutdown – both caused by Covid-19 – impacted the production of the Tesla Model S. (Image: Tesla/PrestigeOnline)
From May to December 2020, the California facility had about 450 cases of Covid-19. The data released by the legal website PlainSite indicate that the number of cases has increased at the site since the company decided to open it. In total, the factory has about 10,000 workers.
The document with the registration of cases was obtained after a favorable court decision. In May, in the month of reopening, the factory reportedly recorded about 10 reports of new cases. The unit was initially closed on March 23 after Alameda County public health officials decided to close non-essential businesses.