Tesla delivered nearly a million cars worldwide in 2021

The American premium electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla announced on Sunday that it had delivered more than 936,000 cars, all models combined, during the year 2021. This represents a growth of 87.4% compared to the year previous. The manufacturer is thus doing much better than the objective announced last January, to increase its deliveries by 50% on average per year for several years.

The group, which chose to move its headquarters from Palo Alto (California) to Austin (Texas), sold 911,208 copies of its 3 and Y models, and 24,964 vehicles of its luxury S and X models (sold respectively 90,000 and $100,000 each).

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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).

Tesla boosted by a mega-order from rental company Hertz

Tesla has successfully shrugged off global logistical issues that have plagued the entire auto industry. 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 brought the car manufacturer into the very select club of companies worth more than 1000 billion dollars on the stock market.

The manufacturer is however in the crosshairs of the American Highway Safety Agency (NHTSA) for its controversial driver assistance system dubbed “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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