Tesla on Friday revealed its always-anticipated quarterly production and delivery figures. For the first quarter of this year, the carmaker said it delivered 184,800 vehicles in total.
During the first quarter, Tesla built 180,338sedans and SUVs. As always, the company lumps the two cars together, so we don't know the specific numbers for individual vehicles. Of the total delivery figure, the electric sedan and SUV made up 182,780 cars. So, yes, the vast majority of deliveries were for Tesla's more "affordable" models.
Tesla stopped production of theand in Q1 as it prepares to introduce refreshed versions of the luxury cars, but it still delivered 2,020 of them combined, according to today's figures. That brings us to the 184,800 total delivery figure. The automaker said it completed installation of new equipment to begin production of the new Model S and Model X. It's in the early stages of ramping up production.
The totals reflect slight increases from 2020 Q4 figures, when Tesla delivered 180,570 cars. The figure wasn't enough to crack 500,000 cars delivered in total for the year,, but in the context of the , Tesla had a surprisingly strong year. Compared to 2020 Q1 figures, it's a massive increase -- the automaker only delivered 88,000 cars a year ago. The pandemic hit Tesla hard -- like every other automaker -- after it shut down production first in China, and .
Although these figures reflect global deliveries, a little perspective doesn't hurt. The Toyota North America sold over 600,000 vehicles in the first quarter, for example., a Model 3 rival, only tallied 9,025 deliveries in the US in Q1. Tesla still has the , though research shows there are . The electric car market is still pretty small;
The company expects another good year for deliveries in 2021 as it continues to scale up production of the Model Y in China, where the SUV's been subject to "strong reception," according to the automaker. We'll also receive Tesla's Q1 earnings report in the weeks to come, as a separate announcement.