2016 hasn’t been easy on Tesla as the company failed to reach its target of delivering 80,000 units for the year.
Tesla stated that due to “short-term production challenges,” it only managed to deliver 76,230 vehicles last year. It added that the shift to the new Autopilot hardware resulted in the production to be heavier towards the end of the quarter than intended.
Tesla clarified that approximately 2,750 units were omitted from the final figure of the fourth quarter as “last-minute delays in transport or because the customer was unable to physically take delivery.”
About 6,450 vehicles are still on its way and this number will be regarded as deliveries in the first quarter of 2017, according to Tesla. In spite of failing to achieve its target, Tesla has enhanced its production rate by making 83,922 vehicles in 2016, increasing 64 percent from 2015.
On top of that, sales have also increased during the fourth quarter for Tesla; the Model S and Model X had net orders of 52 percent more than 2015’s fourth quarter. This also marked a new record for the company with a 24 percent hike from its previous record quarter in Q3 2016.