Tesla announced it delivered 254,695 vehicles in the second quarter of 2022, down about 18 percent from the previous quarter. Report, that is published on Tesla’s sitesignaled the end of a record-breaking nearly two-year streak of quarterly deliveries for Elon Musk’s company, most likely due to the prolonged COVID-related closure of its Shanghai factory.
Tesla says Model 3 and Model Y vehicles make up 238,533 of these vehicles, while 16,162 vehicles go to Model S and Model X. In terms of production, Tesla says it has built a total of 258,580 vehicles.
China has played a key role in making the company one of the most valuable automakers in the world. However, Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory has been caught in a seemingly endless loop of opening and closing in recent months, as the country’s strict COVID lockdown policy has taken its toll.
March, Tesla closes Shanghai factory for two days amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, and closing the factory again in April like Shanghai continues to grapple with a citywide shutdown. The Shanghai factory is the company’s largest, producing both the Model 3 and Model Y.
Tesla recently opened its first factory in Europe in Berlin, Germany, and the organization “Cyber rodeo” to celebrate the grand opening of the Gigafactory in Austin, Texas – both of which can help offset production issues caused by the COVID-related outage in Shanghai. Musk recently described both plants as “huge smelters” that are “losing billions of dollars” as supply chain constraints continue to limit the company’s plans.