Electric car maker Tesla produced a record 305,407 vehicles and delivered 310,048 of them to buyers in the first quarter of 2022.
The quarter showcases Tesla’s accelerating manufacturing and delivery capabilities, with numbers rising from 184,800 to 180,338 in the same quarter last year.
The bulk of Tesla’s output has been the more affordable Model 3 and the more expensive Model Y SUV arriving in 2020. The company produced 291,189 of these models this quarter and shipped 295,324 of them, according to Tesla’s press release. It also produced 14,218 Model S and Model X electric vehicles and delivered 14,724 of them.
Tesla reached the milestone despite what Tesla chief Elon Musk described as an “exceptionally difficult” quarter due to supply chain disruptions and China’s zero-Covid-19 policy: Shanghai’s 26 million residents are once again on lockdown amid rising Covid-19 cases in China’s commercial capital.
Tesla’s Shanghai plant is used for Model 3 and Model Y production. In 2020, Musk said the Shanghai plant could produce 150,000 Model 3 cars per year compared to the Fremont, California plant, which will then produce 400,000 vehicles. units per year.
According to Reuters, Musk was seen dancing at the inauguration of the Berlin Gigafactory last week while overseeing Tesla’s first deliveries of German-made Teslas to 30 customers. The Model Y vehicles were configured with the Performance option, which cost 63,990 euros ($70,500). The vehicles have a range of 514 km (320 miles), according to Tesla.
Tesla said it had hired 3,500 workers under the plan, but expected to hire a total of 12,000 in Berlin. The company estimates that it can produce 500,000 cars per year in Berlin – more than Volkswagen’s estimated annual worldwide sales of 450,000 electric vehicles. Tesla will likely import batteries from China for the German-made Model Y, according to Reuters. Musk expects battery capacity will be the biggest obstacle in the coming year.