Tesla released a report on April 2 indicating that in Q1, 2022, it delivered more than 310,000 vehicles globally, up by 67.7% compared with its delivery of 184,800 vehicles in the same period last year.
The EV giant delivered a combined 295,300 units of its Model 3 and Model Y in Q1, accounting for 95% of the total, as well as 14,700 units of its Model S and Model X.
Firm CEO Elon Musk said he was confident that Tesla could maintain an annual delivery growth rate of more than 50%, and expected to achieve an annual delivery of 20 million vehicles in 2030.
According to the China Passenger Car Association, in January and February this year, Tesla’s Gigafactory Shanghai sold 59,800 and 56,500 vehicles respectively, and exported 40,000 and 33,000 respectively. According to information previously released by Tesla, its Gigafactory Shanghai has a production capacity of 450,000 vehicles, and delivered more than 480,000 vehicles in 2021.
However, affected by the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai, Tesla’s Gigafactory Shanghai has been shut down for about a week. Bloomberg reported on April 3 that Tesla’s internal notice to staff and suppliers suggest the Gigafactory Shanghai would not resume production on April 4 as expected, offering no further details regarding resumption of operations.
Meanwhile, the firm’s new Gigafactory Berlin was officially put into use on March 22, and delivered 30 Model Y in the first batch. Gigafactory Texas, which will be opened and put into production on April 7, is the largest of Tesla’s four major production facilities and will manufacture Model Ys and electric pickup Cybertrucks as planned.
As Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Texas enter operation, Tesla expects a higher sales volume. The new factories might undertake export tasks originally assigned to Gigafactory Shanghai, and thus, Tesla’s delivery quantity in China might go up.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tesla has been promoting the “self-service car delivery” service in China. Car owners adopting this service can pick up their cars within as little as 20 minutes. This practice minimizes the contact between people, improves the delivery efficiency, and protects the health of car owners to the greatest extent.