Tesla's 2021 Sales Figures Should Worry The Competition

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The Tesla hype continues to reflect in the global sales results.

Tesla ended 2021 with quite the bang after confirming a total delivery figure of 308,600 units for the fourth quarter, with the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y remaining the breadwinners of the brand. Compared to the third quarter of 2021, this is an increase of 67,300 units, helping the carmaker to conclude the year with 936,172 deliveries across the globe.

The Tesla Model 3 and Y display a combined delivery figure of 296,850 units, of which five percent was leased out to customers, rather than sold. Compared to Q3, this reflects an increase of 64,825 deliveries. This increase is rather considerable when you factor in the recent report that nearly 500,000 new Tesla units were delivered with serious factory defects.

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For the entirety of 2021, Tesla delivered 911,208 units of the Model 3 and Model Y. This is a whopping 468,697 more than the brand was able to move in 2020. The Tesla Model 3 is available with prices starting at $44,990. In base state, it sports the rear-wheel drivetrain supported by a battery pack that offers 267 miles of range together with a top speed of 140 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds.

With prices starting at $58,990, the Tesla Model Y is available with the dual-motor all-wheel-drive system that provides 314 miles of range together with a top speed of 135 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds.

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For Q4 2021, Tesla delivered 11,750 units of the Model S and Model X, of which 17 percent was leased to customers. Compared to Q3 of the same year, this reflects an increase of 2,575 units.

Throughout 2021, Tesla says it delivered 24,964 Model S and X units, a 32,075 decrease from the prior year.

Prices for the Tesla Model S start at $94,990 for the dual-motor all-wheel-drive variant. The electric sedan boasts a claimed range of 375 miles together with a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds.

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The Tesla Model X is available from $58,990, which gives buyers a dual motor all-wheel drive system that provides 314 miles of range with a top speed of 135 mph and 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds.

Tesla confirms that their net income and cash flow results will be announced alongside the rest of its financial performance during the Q4 earnings report. It also states that the delivery count should be viewed as slightly conservative because it only counts cars as delivered if it has been transferred to the customer with all paperwork in order. With this, the numbers could vary by 0.5 percent or more.

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Competitor manufacturers that have recently launched fully electrified ranges such as Mercedes-EQ and BMW i are yet to release their Q4 sales results. If we look at Q3's figures, however, we see that the German duo are quite a bit behind. During this period, Mercedes-EQ confirmed a collective result of 19,298 units.

BMW did not disclose its 2021 Q3 breakdown but they did confirm that throughout the year up until that quarter, they were able to deliver 59,688 fully electric units to customers. This reflects a 121.4 percent increase for the electrified division. Ford, who will be posting its 2021 year results in the coming days, confirmed that 5,936 units of the Mustang Mach-E were sold (excluding December 2021 figures), which puts it on par as a market contender for the Tesla Model X.

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