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Record pulverized: Tesla sold over 240,000 electric cars in Q3 despite the downturn in chips

Model 3: Tesla sales in Q3 at a record level. (Image: Tesla)
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Tesla sold exactly 241,300 electric cars in the past third quarter – around ten percent more than analysts had expected. And that despite the persistent lack of chips.

In the second quarter of 2021, Tesla had more than 200,000 electric cars for the first time in a three-month period sold. The Californian electric car manufacturer was able to pulverize this record in the past Q3. Because for the period between the beginning of July and the end of September, Tesla reported 241,300 Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y deliveries. That was not only around 100,000 more e-cars than in the same quarter of the previous year, but also around 20,000 more than analysts expected.

Tesla Sales Via Analyst: Inside Expectations

The expectations of the market watchers: According to Streetaccount, the average was around 220,900 sales, as reported by CNBC. The delivery figures that Tesla gives are already very close to sales. Meanwhile, Tesla stated that the numbers should be viewed as a very cautious statement. The manufacturer only reports a car as delivered when the buyer has it in their hands and the papers are correct. Therefore, the final sales figures could differ by 0.5 percent or more.

Tesla produced 237,823 electric cars in the third quarter, 228,882 of which were Model 3 and Model Y. In addition, 8,941 Model S and X were produced. Tesla does not decipher the production numbers more precisely. It is also not clear how many of the e-cars were manufactured in China and the USA. The annual shareholders’ meeting is to take place on October 7 at the new Tesla plant under construction in Austin, Texas.

Shortage of chips causes delays

In the past few months, Tesla – like many other automakers – has suffered from the ongoing chip shortage. The group had to temporarily interrupt production in its gigafactory in Shanghai. Tesla customers have repeatedly faced unexpected delays in vehicle delivery. In its press release, Tesla blamed problems in the global supply chain and logistics and thanks customers for their patience.

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