Tesla didn't nail CEO Elon Musk's goal of delivering 500,000 new cars in 2020, but the company came close. According to the official figures the automaker issued on Monday, Tesla delivered 499,550 vehicles to new owners last year -- just 450 cars short of the lofty 500,000 figure.
Even though the company fell just a little short, it's an impressive showing nonetheless. In the fourth quarter of last year, Tesla needed toto make the 500,000 delivery goal and it came really darn close with 180,570 cars delivered. 161,650 of those were Model 3/Y EVs. The others 18,920 cars were Model S/X EVs.
Keep in mind, Tesla achieved these figures amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and a production shutdown at its US factory in Fremont, California last spring.
So, what's in store for 2021? Tesla confirmed production of the Model Yand deliveries of the SUV will start soon. Musk sees huge potential for the electric SUV in China, so it will be interesting to watch its performance overseas. Tesla also aims to open two new production facilities: There'll be one in to handle production and another just outside of .