Tesla broke a new record for vehicle deliveries, saying that it delivered 139,300 vehicles worldwide between July and September 2020, according to preliminary figures released Friday morning.
The Q3 result is up significantly compared to the 2020 Q1 and Q2 results, which were 88,400 and 90,650 respectively. It also effectively surpassed the previous record of 112,000 deliveries in Q4 of 2019.
Production announced that the quarter that had just finished was higher than the 145,036 vehicles produced by Tesla for the quarter. This included combined production at Tesla’s Fremont factory, California, and China.
The Model 3 sedan and Model Y crossover accounted for 124,100 deliveries per quarter, while the bigger, more expensive Model S and Model Y delivered 15,200 deliveries.
Although Tesla does not release U.S.-specific figures, the all-electric automaker continues to pay off the dominant trend elsewhere in the auto industry in several ways.
Tesla remains an exception to the year in which car sales have decreased dramatically, when compared to the marginally lower levels initially expected as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many car brands announced a turnaround in U.S. auto sales in September, but the overwhelming majority of them were down by double-digit percentages over the quarter-year period.
Earlier this year, there was much speculation as to whether sales of electric vehicles would have increased during the pandemic relative to the whole or whether market hesitation would have hit EVs more severely. Based on this and other recent automakers reporting strong plug-in sales, we have a clear picture that buyers are emerging from the sustainability and emissions pandemic.
According to the Detroit News report, the inventory of franchised dealerships of conventional full-line car manufacturers has remained unbalanced, and the stock of new 2021 model-year vehicles is lagging behind where it normally is at this time of year.
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