U.S. electric car maker Tesla announced Thursday that it delivered 90,650 electric vehicles in the second quarter, beating industry expectations of 72,000. Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, earlier emailed tens of thousands of Tesla employees for their “amazing” execution during such a difficult time.
In the first quarter of 2020, Tesla said it produced 102,672 electric vehicles and delivered 88,400 vehicles. In the second quarter of 2019, Tesla said it produced 87,048 electric vehicles in the quarter, including 72,531 Model 3s, and delivered 95,200 electric vehicles, including 77,550 Model 3s.
Tesla’s auto sales fell in the second quarter of this year, particularly in the U.S. market. Tesla was also forced to close its auto plant in Fremont, California, for several weeks in the second quarter because of a “sanctuary” order. The company slashed employee pay and delayed pay increases, promotions and bonuses until the end of July, when a performance appraisal is completed.
Musk has previously clashed with health authorities at the Fremont plant site over quarantine measures that led to the plant’s shutdown. In addition, the company’s battery day events and shareholders’ meetings were postponed until September.
Tesla also faces two new federal safety investigations in the U.S., one about its car display and the other about the risk of a fire in the cooling system of its older Model S. car.
Tesla cut car prices in both North America and China in the second quarter to boost demand for electric vehicles.
However, Tesla’s Shanghai super plant quickly resumed operations. In May, Tesla sold 11,095 Model 3 electric cars from its Shanghai super factory in China, according to the China Passenger Vehicle Association. (Chen Chen)