The COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly had a significant impact on the automotive industry in 2020, with many large carmakers reporting a 40% decline in vehicle sales throughout the year. There was however one automaker that came out of 2020 on top, that being Tesla.
Elon Musk set an ambitious goal for Tesla at the beginning of last year: to somehow build and deliver 500 000 vehicles in 2020, and the company almost achieved that goal, missing out on the target by just 450 vehicles. Tesla shouldn’t be discouraged by not reaching its goal though, as the company managed to build and deliver a total of 499 550 electric vehicles in 2020, which represents a massive increase of 36% over the previous year.
The 499 550 figure is even more impressive when you take into account the horrendous year that was 2020. Not only was the world’s economy crippled by the pandemic, but Telsa’s main factory in Fremont, California was forced to close its doors for two months when the mandatory stay-at-home orders were implemented by the local government.
Tesla reached the milestone of building and delivering over 490 000 EV’s thanks to one final push towards the end of 2020, with the company managing to deliver 180,570 electric vehicles between October and December.
As you would expect, Musk took this milestone as a chance to praise his company and its workers, writing on Twitter, “So proud of the Tesla team for achieving this major milestone! At the start of Tesla thought we had (optimistically) a 10% chance of surviving at all,”
So proud of the Tesla team for achieving this major milestone! At the start of Tesla, I thought we had (optimistically) a 10% chance of surviving at all. https://t.co/xCqTL5TGlE
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 2, 2021
A goal has not been set for 2021, but seeing as Tesla intends on opening two new factories in Austin, Texas and Berlin, Germany later this year to further ramp up production numbers, we could be seeing a new record being set at the end of 2021.