Tesla delivered a record 936,172 vehicles in 2021, as detailed in a report from Tesla, an increase of 87 percent from the 499,550 vehicle deliveries Tesla made in 2020.
In the last quarter of 2021 alone, the company delivered 308,600 cars, up from 241,300 in the third quarter. Of those deliveries, 11,750 were for the Model S and X, while 296,850 for the Model 3 and Y. Both the Model 3 and Y also made up the bulk of deliveries throughout the year with 936,172 shipments, compared to the 24,964 Model S and X deliveries.
Tesla previously stated that it plans to increase its deliveries by about 50 percent each year, and while it failed to reach a million shipments, it has still exceeded its annual growth target. In November, an internal memo revealed that Tesla CEO Elon Musk had told his employees to stop rushing deliveries by the end of the quarter and instead focus on cost-cutting, noting that he has a wave of vehicles expected from Tesla’s California and China plants to reach customers in December.
Due to the persistent chip shortage, a number of car manufacturers have stepped on the brakes, including Tesla. Last year, Tesla rewrote its own software to help mitigate the effects of the shortage, and also had to briefly shut down production at its California plant in February. Some customers even reported missing USB ports in their vehicles, possibly due to the shortage.
Despite all this, Tesla’s value crossed $1 trillion in October after rental car company Hertz added 100,000 Teslas to its fleet. In fact, the company experienced its most profitable quarter ever in the third quarter of 2021, but that may change as the results for the last quarter of 2021 have not yet been announced.