Tesla delivers 20% more cars despite chip shortages
Tesla has delivered 241 300 cars in the third quarter of this year. That’s 20% more than the second quarter (201 250), already a record in the American electric carmaker’s history. It is even a 73,2 % increase compared to the same quarter last year.
And this, despite a declining market due to the worldwide chip shortages. However, this remains one of the significant concerns of Elon Musk. The bulk of this was Model 3 and Model Y cars, a total of 232 025. The rest, 9 275 vehicles delivered, are mostly Model S, as the revised Model X wasn’t ready for delivery yet.
Surprising market analysts
This total of 241 300 surprised most market analysts, as they had forecasted Tesla to deliver some 220 000 cars in Q3 of 2021. Instead, over the last ten months, Tesla delivered a total of 632 521 electric vehicles, almost doubling the figures of the same period the previous year (318 350).
From January to September this year, 619 411 Teslas were produced, increasing 87,7% compared to last year (329 980) and 15% more in Q3 than Q2. If it can keep up this pace, the 750 000 units target for 2021 – provided an annual growth of 50% could be maintained – could be surpassed.
Withstanding chip shortages
It looks like Tesla wasn’t hurt that much by the global semiconductor shortages, as other carmakers. General Motors, for instance, just announced it saw sales drop by 33% due to chip shortages. In Q3, GM delivered 446 997 cars or 218 195 less than the same period last year.
Stellantis, the motherhouse of Fiat-Chrysler USA, had to announce a drop of 19%, while Honda and Nissan saw a decline with 11% and 10%, respectively. Toyota, on the other hand, could manage an increase of 1,4%.