One of Tesla’s goals for 2016 was to deliver between 80,000 and 90,000 vehicles to customers. Unfortunately, the company didn’t achieve its goal, although it wasn’t too far off. According to a recent press release, Tesla delivered 76,230 vehicles last year, which is quite a step up when compared with the year before when the company managed to deliver 50,580 cars.
Tesla said that the production of its vehicles wasn’t as fast as planned in the last quarter of 2016 mainly because of short-term production challenges caused by the transition to the new Autopilot hardware. Even so, the vehicle demand in Q4 was very high. The company delivered around 22,200 vehicles in the last three months of the year, which represents a 52 percent increase when compared with Q4 2015. The Model S accounted for 12,700 of these deliveries, while the remaining 9,500 vehicles delivered in the quarter were Model Xs.
It’s worth mentioning that Tesla is very conservative when it comes to delivery numbers. The company only counts a car as delivered when it reaches the customer and the paperwork is signed. According to Tesla, 6,450 vehicles that were ordered in Q4 are currently still in transit and will, therefore, be counted as deliveries in Q1 2017.
The demand for Tesla’s cars is growing and it is clear that the company will have to ramp up production soon. The number of EVs it sells on a yearly basis will skyrocket in the near future, as Tesla has already received around 400,000 reservations for the upcoming Model 3 car, which should go into production this year.