Tesla delivered more than 310,000 vehicles despite ‘exceptionally difficult quarter’

Tesla delivered 310,048 vehicles in the first quarter of 2022, despite what Tesla CEO Elon Musk says: was an “exceptionally difficult quarter,” due to global supply chain issues and a short shutdown at Tesla’s Shanghai factory, as reported by CNBC.

In a press release, Tesla said the Model 3 and Y accounted for 295,324 of these deliveries, while 14,724 accounted for the Model S and X. Shipments increased slightly from 308,600 shipments in the previous quarter, surpassing Tesla’s 184,800 shipments in the first quarter, representing a 68 percent year-over-year increase. On the production side, Tesla managed to build a total of 305,407 vehicles.

Last month, Tesla closed its factory in Shanghai for two days due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, and closed the factory again last week as Shanghai grapples with a citywide lockdown. The Shanghai plant is the company’s largest, producing both Model 3s and Model Ys.

Tesla recently opened its first European factory in Berlin, Germany, and is hold a “cyberrodeo” to celebrate the grand opening of its Austin, Texas Gigafactory on April 7 — both of which could help offset manufacturing difficulties caused by Shanghai’s COVID-related lockdowns.

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