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Tesla's production is up but deliveries are down in Q1

The electric carmaker is building Model 3s like crazy, but it's still ironing out how best to get them into customers' hot little hands.

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2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance

Tesla is building Model 3s in record numbers but is struggling a little with the logistics of delivering them to customers.

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Well kids, gather round because it's that time of year once again where we discuss Q1 production and delivery numbers, now that they've been released.

The report, which was released by Tesla on Wednesday evening, outlines much of what we already expected.

Tesla managed to build a total of 77,100 vehicles in Q1 of 2019, over 80 percent of which were Model 3s. This means that production is indeed humming along, something which would have been hard to imagine a year ago.

The company delivered significantly more cars than it did this time last year, but also considerably fewer vehicles than it delivered in Q4 2018. The explanation for this, according to the Big T, is predominantly deliveries to China and Europe.

Tesla had only delivered half the number of vehicles for the entire quarter by March 21, so it had to ramp things up for the last couple of weeks in order to catch up. Despite its delivery issues and several price fluctuations, the company asserts that it finished the quarter with plenty of cash on hand.

Tesla is working to streamline its vehicle delivery system, particularly where Model 3 is concerned, to get cars from Fremont to customers all over the world. This process should, in theory, get some help once the Chinese Gigafactory comes online later in 2019 -- and it'll need help. Tesla reaffirmed it plans to deliver between 360,000 to 400,000 cars in 2019.

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Kyle Hyatt Former news and features editor
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
Kyle Hyatt
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).

Updated April 3, 2019 6:31 p.m. PT

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