Tesla Inc on Friday posted record deliveries for the January to March quarter, beating Wall Street estimates, as strong demand for more affordable models offset the effect of a worldwide deficiency of parts.
“We are encouraged by the strong reception of the Model Y in China and are quickly progressing to full production capacity,” Tesla said in a statement.
“The new Model S and Model X have also been exceptionally well received … and we are in the early stages of ramping production,” it added.
Tesla’s Shanghai factory began production of the Model Y toward the end of last year in the key market where it as of now delivers Model 3 vehicles. In February, Tesla’s China sales hopped from the earlier month even as demand ordinarily falls during China’s Lunar New Year holidays which happened that month.
The electric-car maker delivered 184,800 vehicles globally during the first quarter, above estimates of 177,822 vehicles, as per Refinitiv information.
This additionally surpasses its past record of 180,570 achieved last quarter.
In February, Tesla suspended its California plant for two days because of “parts shortages.”
“We believe China and Europe were particularly robust this quarter,” said Dan Ives, an expert at Wedbush. He anticipates that Tesla’s annual sales should surpass 850,000 vehicles this year, powered by the Biden administration’s policy of boosting EV sales and by rising global demand.
Tesla cdelivered 82,780 Model 3/Ys in the first quarter, up 13% from the past quarter. Interestingly, deliveries of pricier S/Xs drooped from 18,920 to 2,020 during the time frame, in front of model refreshes.
Gerber Kawasaki CEO Ross Gerber said sales decreases of the more beneficial vehicles would prompt weaker margins for Tesla in the first quarter, yet he forecast “blowout” results for the second quarter.
Different automakers like General Motors Co on Thursday announced a bounce back in first-quarter U.S. sales from a Covid prompted slump a year ago, yet volumes were capped by a worldwide chip shortage that constrained numerous organizations to cut production.
Tesla has become the most significant auto organization in the world by far, in spite of production that is a small portion of opponents like Toyota Motor Corp, Volkswagen AG and GM.