Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Tesla delivered record number of cars in Q2 2019

Tesla delivered record number of cars in Q2 2019

Tesla was mostly struggling in ramping up the production of its long-promised mass-market electric vehicle, the Tesla Model 3.

Tesla manufactured 87,048 cars in the second quarter, up 13% compared to the first three months. The other top selling EVs were the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf. In addition, Tesla delivered 16,575 Model X luxury/performance minivan/crossovers and 14,925 Model S luxury/performance sedans.

This news follows Tesla on Tuesday reporting new production and delivery records during the second quarter, including record deliveries of 95,200 Model S, 3 and X EVs.

The sensors form the backbone of Tesla's driver assist tech Autopilot, which has copped some criticism in the media due to a handful of crashes such as a Florida incident that occurred in March when a Model 3 was involved in a fatal crash with a tractor.

The electric auto and solar panel company said it handed over 95,200 vehicles to customers worldwide, breaking the previous record of 90,700 set in the fourth quarter of a year ago. Of those estimates, 8 had delivery estimates between 84,000 and 88,000, 3 had delivery estimates between 88,900 and 91,124, and only one overestimated Tesla's Q2 deliveries (at 97,000). However, that number is lower than the 27,550 S and X vehicles delivered in the last quarter of 2018.

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Tesla mostly blamed the drop in its sales a year ago to logistical issues in its attempt to bring the Model 3 into overseas markets.

"Model 3, right now, that's the lynch pin in terms of the growth going forward", he said. The popular Model 3s have driven more than 1 billion electric miles in record time. What he meant to say was that the company would be able to hit that production rate by the end of the year.

Although most people associate crash testing with a vehicle being propelled at speed - and coming off worse for wear - into a concrete block, in reality the process consists of a number of trials. Price reductions, the wider availability of cheaper versions of the Model 3, and the phase out of the US EV tax credit ($1,875) helped Q2 deliveries.

It is hard to predict how many vehicles Tesla will deliver to US customers in the second half of 2019.

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