Tesla delivered a record number of electric cars in a quarter

July 2, 2015, 2:46 PM UTC
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Tesla says it shipped a record number of its Model S electric cars in the second quarter of this year. Early Thursday morning the electric car maker released its quarterly car shipment figures and said it had moved 11,507 cars, which was a 52% increase over the same quarter last year.

The company is trying to deliver 55,000 cars this year, two thirds more than it did in 2014. Tesla shipped 10,030 cars in the first quarter of this year, which was a 55% jump from the first quarter of 2014. In total, Tesla has moved 21,537 of its Model S cars this year, less than half of its annual goal.

Tesla won’t be able to meet its year delivery goal without launching the Model X, its much delayed crossover SUV, later this year. The Model X, Tesla’s third car based on much of the Model S body, is supposed to be released late into the third quarter.


If the Model X is delayed much into the fourth quarter, or into 2016, Tesla will likely miss its annual shipment guidance. But for now, Tesla seems like it’s pretty much on track.

Tesla only recently started releasing its quarterly sales figures, but it still doesn’t release monthly figures like most in the auto industry do.