Tesla delivered 499,550 cars in 2020

Tesla delivered 499,550 cars in 2020

Tesla delivered 499,550 vehicles last year, reaching all but a few units of its pre-Corona pandemic goal of half a million electric cars, and production has already surpassed 500,000.

Specifically, 509,737 Model S, X, 3, and Y were built, including 54,805 units of the Fremont-built Model S and X. As expected, the Model 3 and Y accounted for the bulk of the 454,932 units - Tesla doesn't break out the model lines in more detail here.

In the fourth quarter, 179,757 Teslas were built (16,097 Model S/X, 163,660 Model 3/Y). The figures for the full year must take into account the fact that the assembly lines in Shanghai were briefly idle at the beginning of the year due to the Corona pandemic, and later that no cars came off the production line at the California main plant for several weeks.

Tesla delivered 499,550 cars in 2020

Tesla's deliveries in the final quarter were just above the production figure, with 180,570 vehicles handed over to customers between October and the end of December. Here, the breakdown was 18,920 Model S and X and 161,650 Model 3 and Y. The fact that fewer Model S and X were built than delivered in the final quarter is hardly surprising: assembly lines have been idle since mid-December - fuelling speculation that both models could get a refresh.

The fourth-quarter production figures already include the first Model Ys from the Gigafactory Shanghai, according to Tesla, but deliveries of those vehicles are not yet underway, which are expected to begin "shortly."