Date
22 September 2017
People visit a Tesla Model S car at an auto show. Tesla expects to deliver 47,000 to 50,000 Model S and Model X vehicles combined in the first half of the year. Photo: Reuters
People visit a Tesla Model S car at an auto show. Tesla expects to deliver 47,000 to 50,000 Model S and Model X vehicles combined in the first half of the year. Photo: Reuters

Tesla global sales surge 69% to 25,000 in first quarter

Tesla Inc., the US luxury electric car maker, said first-quarter vehicle deliveries jumped 69 percent from a year ago to a quarterly record of 25,000 vehicles, recovering from delays in the previous quarter, Reuters reports.

About 13,450 were Model S sedan and about 11,550 were Model X sports utility vehicle.

Tesla has said it expects to deliver 47,000 to 50,000 Model S and Model X vehicles combined in the first half of 2017.

In the fourth quarter, deliveries had fallen 9.4 percent due to short-term production hurdles from the transition to a new autopilot hardware.

Tesla had said production challenges, which started at the end of October and lasted through early December, shifted vehicle production toward the end of the fourth quarter, resulting in delayed deliveries.

Ultimately, about 2,750 vehicles were missed being counted as deliveries in the fourth quarter either due to last-minute delays in transport or because the customer was unable to physically take delivery.

In addition to the first quarter deliveries, about 4,650 vehicles were in transit to customers at the end of the quarter and will be counted as deliveries in the second quarter, Tesla said in a statement on Sunday.

Chief executive Elon Musk has taken big risks repeatedly since going public in 2010, but investors got spooked after he said in February the electric car company could get “close to the edge” as it burns cash ahead of its crucial Model 3 launch.

China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd bought a 5 percent stake in Tesla last week for $1.78 billion, providing the company with a deep-pocketed ally as it prepares to launch its mass-market Model 3.

The midsize, high-volume Model 3 sedan is due to go on sale later this year in the United States.

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