Tesla has delivered a record number of cars in the first quarter of 2022, but fell just short of outdoing its all-time quarterly production record.
Its total of 310,048 claimed deliveries for the three months ending March 31, 2022, outdid the previous record of 308,600 set in the quarter ending December 21, 2021.
But the production figure of 305,407 vehicles for Q2, 2022, fell just shy of the 305,840 cars it produced in the final quarter of 2021.
The Model 3 and Model Y accounted for the overwhelming majority of those deliveries. Of the 310,048 cars delivered, 295,324 were either a Model 3 or Y.
The remaining 14,724 were the Model S and Model X. Tesla says its strong first quarter came “despite ongoing supply chain challenges and factory shutdowns”.
The Roadster, Cybertruck, and Semi haven’t yet reached production, despite previous claims they’d all be on sale by now.
The Model 3 is currently carrying the load for Tesla in Australia. It was Australia’s best-selling electric car in 2021, with more than 12,000 delivered according to figures provided by the brand to the EV Council of Australia.
The Model Y SUV still hasn’t hit local shores, and the Model S and Model X are listed online… but feature no price or expected delivery date.
The electric car startup is likely to break its recent records in the second quarter of 2022, given its new Berlin factory is now online.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk attended the opening of the new €5 billion ($A7.38 billion) production plant late in March, and broke out some dance moves as the first vehicles rolled up to the handover area.
At full capacity, the Berlin gigafactory will reportedly produce 500,000 cars annually, as well as 50 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery power.
Berlin joins Tesla production plants in Shanghai, China, and Fremont, California.