Tesla just released their first-quarter 2022 vehicle production and delivery figures.
Tesla shipped 184,800 electric vehicles and built 180,338 automobiles over the same period last year.
According to Tesla, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles accounted for 95 percent of deliveries in the first quarter of 2022, or 295,324.
The company blamed “ongoing supply chain problems and manufacturing shutdowns” for producing 4,641 fewer cars than it shipped during the quarter.
According to FactSet projections as of March 31, analysts predicted 317,000 vehicles to be delivered in the first three months of 2022. The forecasts ranged from a low of 278,000 to a high of 357,000 car deliveries.
The closest approximation to Tesla’s reported sales figures is deliveries.
On March 22, the company celebrated the opening of a new facility in Brandenburg, Germany, with a ribbon-cutting event. Tesla is also planning a grand opening and “cyber rodeo” celebration for a new vehicle assembly factory it is building in Austin, Texas, on April 7.
Tesla formally relocated its headquarters to Austin on Dec. 1, although it continues to operate its first electric car manufacturing in Fremont, California.
Tesla’s operations were hampered globally during the quarter, which ended March 31, by a Covid surge and new health restrictions in China, which necessitated temporary production halts at its Shanghai factory. Tesla delivered 308,600 electric vehicles in the fourth quarter, a new high for the firm.
Tesla, like the rest of the auto industry, has been harmed by widespread part shortages and rising prices. After Russia invaded Ukraine in February, critical components like semiconductors are still in limited supply, and prices for raw materials like nickel and aluminum have risen. Tesla has been keeping customers waiting for months in the United States before fulfilling their car purchases.