Sales of the American manufacturer Tesla exploded in 2021, with 936,000 electric cars delivered, greatly exceeding the announced objectives.
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Jesla does not know the crisis. Despite the pandemic and global semiconductor supply difficulties, the very American brand of “premium” electric cars has done better than expected, delivering almost twice as many vehicles in 2021 as in 2020. 936,000 cars, all models combined, to be precise, an increase of 87.4% compared to the previous year. The manufacturer is thus doing much better than its objective announced last January to increase its deliveries by 50% on average per year for several years.
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Mostly 3 and Y models
The group, which chose to move its headquarters from Palo Alto (California) to Austin (Texas), sold 911,208 copies of its most affordable 3 and Y models, and only 24,964 vehicles of its luxury S and X models ( 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).
A market valuation of over $1 trillion
Tesla has succeeded in penalizing the global logistical problems that have plagued the entire automotive sector. Elon Musk had already indicated that he was able to circumvent a good part of the shortage of semiconductors by using new chip designs and rewriting the software accordingly. In October, Tesla had been boosted by a mega-order of 100,000 electric vehicles from rental company Hertz, by the end of 2022. This announcement had entered the automaker into the very select club of valiant companies more than 1,000 billion dollars in stock exchange.
However, the manufacturer is in the crosshairs of the American Highway Safety Agency (NHTSA) for its controversial driver assistance system called “Autopilot”. The automaker also agreed to update its software to prevent drivers from playing video games on the car’s system while the car is in motion, after an investigation was launched.
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