Tesla Delivers New Quarterly Record, But Only 208 Model X EVs
For the second time, Tesla delivered its electric Model X and Model S vehicles in the same quarter but the company still managed a few firsts. The automaker delivered 50,580 of the two EVs combined last yera, with almost all of them being the S.
The total was enough to shut down the naysayers who predicted that Tesla was unlikely to deliver 50,000 vehicles for the year.
In the fourth quarter, Tesla delivered 17,400 vehicles. That’s a new record, well above the previous high-water mark of 11,603 vehicles that was set in the third quarter of 2015. Of those 17,400 EVs, 17,192 of them were Model S EVs, leaving just 208 of them to be Model X vehicles. Tesla built 507 Model X last quarter and is now building 238 of them a week, the company said in a statement.
In February, Tesla said it would increase deliveries by 70 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. In 2014, the company delivered 31,655 vehicles. Seventy percent of 31,655 is 22,158, so a 70-percent increase would be 53,813. Tesla did adjust its prediction to somewhere between 50,000 and 55,000 deliveries in August and, in the end, that was the right move to hit the target.