Elon Musk’s Tesla amazed experts with the sale of 241,300 electric cars in the US – a total of 102,000 more vehicles than in the same quarter of the previous year.
It’s the most Tesla sold in a quarter. The company sold 367,500 in all of 2019.
Despite the broader trend of declining sales due to the global chip shortage, Tesla managed to deliver more vehicles again, despite major automakers seeing huge declines in the past quarter.
General Motors, the United States’s largest automaker, said Friday morning that it sold only 446,997 vehicles in the third quarter – a 33 percent decrease from the same period last year.
Tesla has avoided similar problems in part by sourcing various semiconductors and rewriting software on the fly to make these chips work in place of those currently unavailable.
“Our delivery count should be viewed as a bit conservative, as we only count a car as delivered when it is handed over to the customer and all the papers are correct. The final numbers could deviate by up to 0.5 percent or more, ”the company said in a statement.
Strong Tesla auto sales in China
In addition, the company continues to have strong sales in China, where it started manufacturing and selling vehicles in early 2020. The Model Y SUV has become a popular option in the US as well, and Tesla has just started selling it in Europe as well.
Tesla’s website still lists its headquarters in Palo Alto, California, but Elon Musk moved to Texas last year and the company is building a new factory in the Austin area.
Elon Musk’s electric vehicle maker now produces cars at its Shanghai facility and its US facility in Fremont, California, while continuing to manufacture batteries domestically with Panasonic at its sprawling facility outside Reno, Nevada.
In the period ending September 30, 2021, Tesla began shipping some lithium iron phosphate batteries from China to be used in Model 3 vehicles for customers in the United States
Tesla has also temporarily ceased operations at its vehicle assembly plant in Shanghai, where it makes cars for customers in China and Europe. The stops have been attributed to a global semiconductor shortage that has challenged Tesla year-round and plagued the entire auto industry.
Tesla also plans to hold its annual stockholders’ meeting on October 7 at its under construction near Austin factory, temporarily ceasing operations for a few weeks.
At the time, California Governor Gavin Newsom told CNBC he wasn’t worried Elon might be leaving anytime soon and spoke out for Tesla.
Electric car sales in Norway increased by almost 80 percent
Reuters reports that demand for Tesla Inc.’s midsize models helped boost electric car sales in Norway to nearly 80 percent of total auto sales last month, data showed on Friday.
The country is a global leader in switching to electric vehicles and aims to be the first country to stop selling gasoline and diesel engines by 2025.
Battery electric vehicles made up 77.5 percent of all new vehicles in September, the Norwegian Road Association (OFV) announced, compared with 61.5 percent a year ago.
The Tesla Model Y, a compact sports utility vehicle, was the best-selling vehicle with 19.8 percent of the passenger car market, followed by the company’s Model 3 sedan with 12.3 percent.
Tesla expands to Greece
Eon Musk is now aiming for another subsidiary of Tesla, Inc. in Greece, whereby the pioneering company is already looking for employees in order to establish itself solidly in the country.
The promising new development follows the announcement by the Greek government that it is implementing a new set of measures to further improve the use of electric vehicles. Protocols for this incentive include subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles, including cars and bicycles.
Tesla’s renewed engagement in Greece is a continuation of other encouraging developments in recent years, with the company establishing ties with the country as early as 2018 and establishing a research center based in Democritus during that time.