Tesla announced that the American electric car manufacturer has produced and delivered half a million cars in 2020 despite the pandemic, hitting a milestone that seemed unreachable just three years ago.
In the press release, the company has delivered 180,570 cars in the fourth quarter, bringing its total for 2020 to a record of 499,550, or 99.91 percent. Tesla reported that the final tally could vary by as much as 0.5 percent, though, therefore it is possible that it will eclipse the 500,000 mark by the time it reveals the ultimate figures in its full year results, due at the end of January.
The predetermined goal to amp up the sales in the global electric vehicle market was part of Elon Musk’s plan to shift the automotive industry into an era of renewable energy, although it is a bar more ambitious than he once set. Musk had once forecast that in 2020, Tesla would produce 1 million cars. However, after the company ran into trouble ramping up production of its first mass-market electric car, the Model 3, he later backed away from that figure.
Regardless, it seems like it is still a win for Tesla. “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,” Musk tweeted on 2 January. “Tesla is responsible for 2/3 of all the personal & professional pain in my life combined. But it was worth it.”