Tesla Sets Record with 466,140 Electric Vehicle Deliveries in Q2
Tesla Inc. delivered a record 466,140 EVs worldwide in the second quarter, outpacing Wall Street estimates.
The results, posted Sunday, demonstrated that CEO Elon Musk’s vow to chase volume by cutting prices have had their intended effect. Analysts Bloomberg surveyed had expected Tesla to ship 448,350 cars in the quarter. “It’s a big beat,” said Ben Kallo of Robert W. Baird in a phone interview Sunday morning.
The deliveries are the most ever in a quarter for Tesla, and an 83 percent increase from a year ago. The company also managed to trim the gap between production and deliveries to 13,560 units in the second quarter. In the first quarter, it produced nearly 18,000 more cars than it delivered to customers.
“Everyone was worried about inventory build, and it looks like they’ve normalized,” said Kallo. “The delta between production and deliveries is shrinking.”
Tesla, which sells its cars directly to consumers, has several levers to move vehicles. Besides cutting prices across the lineup earlier this year, the company introduced perks, such as three months’ free fast-charging in the U.S. for cars delivered before June 30, to entice buyers.
Tesla doesn’t break out its quarterly delivery numbers by individual vehicle type or region. The Models 3 and Y accounted for 96 percent of sales. Tesla also makes the Model S and X.
Tesla is still the largest EV maker in the U.S. but is facing fresh competition around the world. It’s most recent vehicle — the Model Y — debuted in 2020.
In China — its No. 2 market — the company has fallen well behind BYD Co., with a much fresher lineup and increasingly global ambitions. Tesla announced last week that it was cutting prices of its premium car models in China more than 4.5 percent, following a decision to hand out cash subsidies to some buyers of its Model 3 vehicles last month.
Tesla will report 2Q earnings on July 19.