Tesla in 2020 shipped a record 499,550 throughout the year but still felt short on hitting the company’s CEO Elon Musk’s goal of delivering 500,000 vehicles in 2020. Tesla said the final tally could vary by as much as 0.5 percent, though, so it may eclipse the 500,000 marks by the time it reveals the ultimate figures in its full-year results, due out at the end of January.
Tesla said Saturday that it ultimately produced 179,757 vehicles in the fourth quarter and delivered 180,570, bringing its totals to 509,747 and 499,550 for the year, respectively. The company wound up selling around 130,000 more vehicles than it did in 2019.
Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday, "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. Tesla is responsible for 2/3 of all the personal & professional pain in my life combined. But it was worth it."