Tesla has experienced a record breaking year, not just for the company but also actually breaking real world records, and succeeded to deliver 500,000 vehicles in 2020.
On Saturday the 27th of December the company released news that they had hit 499,550, which is still 99.91% of their target, and a monumental growth for the company.
However, despite only having to deliver another 450 to reach target, the company actually managed an additional 10,187 vehicles in the closing days, taking it over that magic half million.
That half million number means that Tesla has been able to double the production volumes of the next highest EV manufacturer.
These huge numbers were reached despite the company having to close its new factory in China as well as its vehicle plant in California for several weeks as the virus spread.
In the first quarter Tesla delivered 88,400, then Q2 that improved to 90,650 and the third quarter pushed that even further with a remarkable 139,300 vehicles delivered proving even the Wall Street Journal wrong.
It is said that Musk prodded workers himself to ensure they were able to hit the mark he had set for the company.
“This is a great milestone to rally the company around achieving,” he wrote. “All the critics who, as recently as two years ago said that we’d never make it, also called our target of half a million in 2020 ‘impossible.’ The heck with them, we are doing it!”
“So proud of the Tesla team for achieving this major milestone! At the start of Tesla, I thought we had (optimistically) a 10% chance of surviving at all,” Musk tweeted Saturday. “Tesla is responsible for 2/3 of all the personal & professional pain in my life combined. But it was worth it.”