Tesla dodges auto crisis with record production

Posted Jan 3, 2022, 9:37 AMUpdated Jan 3, 2022, 6:17 PM

The year 2021 will probably go down in history at Tesla. The American electric car manufacturer announced on Sunday that it delivered nearly one million vehicles last year. This is almost twice as much as in 2020.

A remarkable performance, given the logistics crisis that is hitting the supply chains of the global automotive industry hard. “In 2021, we delivered more than 936,000 vehicles. Thank you to all our customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and supporters who helped us achieve an excellent year,” the group said in a press release.

Popular Model 3s and Ys

Tesla’s 2021 deliveries represent an 87.4% growth over the previous year. The manufacturer is thus much better than the objective announced last January – to increase its deliveries by 50% on average per year for several years. And it is beginning, in passing, to fill the gap with its competitors BMW and Mercedes, rivals which display volumes of around two million units per year.

In detail, Tesla sold 911,208 copies of its Model 3 and Y, and 24,964 vehicles of its Model S and X, luxury vehicles sold respectively for 90,000 and 100,000 dollars each. In the fourth quarter alone, 308,600 cars were delivered, up 0.9% compared to the same quarter last year. A little earlier in the year, in the second quarter, Tesla had crossed, for the first time, the threshold of 200,000 cars delivered (201,250).

Tesla seems to have benefited from the ramp-up of its Chinese factory in Shanghai. Elon Musk and his troops are to open two new factories this year, one in Texas and the other in Germany, which will significantly increase its assembly capacity.

Repeated hiccups

When other manufacturers have been forced to freeze factories and manage a shortage of supply due to the shortage of semiconductors, the electric car specialist has managed to significantly increase its production in recent months. Elon Musk, referring to the “nightmare” of logistics, said he was able to circumvent a good part of the problem by using new chip models and rewriting the software accordingly. This allowed it to gain market share over the competition.

These figures come to punctuate a busy year for Tesla. Across the Atlantic, the manufacturer is in the crosshairs of the American Highway Safety Agency (NHTSA) for its controversial driver assistance system called “Autopilot”. Tesla has had to update its software to prevent drivers from playing video games on the car’s system when it is driving, after the opening of an investigation. The manufacturer also had to recall more than 650,000 vehicles a few days ago for a trunk problem…

More than 1,000 billion on the stock market

Conversely, the announcement at the end of October of a mega order for 100,000 vehicles from Hertz propelled Tesla into the very select club of companies worth more than 1,000 billion dollars on the stock market. And ignites the fortune of Elon Musk, who has become the richest man in the world.

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