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Tesla delivers over 3 lakh vehicles despite 'exceptionally difficult quarter'

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San Francisco, April 3 (IANS) Electric vehicle company Tesla delivered 310,048 vehicles in the first quarter of 2022, despite what CEO Elon Musk says was an “exceptionally difficult quarter”, citing global supply chain issues and a brief closure at Tesla’s Shanghai factory.

Tesla said the Model 3 and Y made up 295,324 of these deliveries, while 14,724 were for the Model S and X, reports The Verge.

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“This was an exceptionally difficult quarter due to supply chain interruptions and China zero Covid policy. Outstanding work by Tesla team and key suppliers saved the day,” Musk wrote in a tweet.

Deliveries increased slightly from the previous quarter’s 308,600 deliveries and outpaced the 184,800 shipments Tesla made in the first quarter, representing a 68 percent year-over-year increase.

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On the production side of things, Tesla managed to build a total of 305,407 vehicles.

Last month, Tesla shuttered its Shanghai factory for two days amid a spike in Covid-19 cases and closed the factory once again last week as Shanghai continues to grapple with a city-wide lockdown.

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The Shanghai plant is the company’s largest, producing both Model 3s and Model Ys.

Tesla recently opened its first European factory in Berlin, Germany, and is holding a “cyber rodeo” to celebrate the grand opening of its Austin, Texas Gigafactory on April 7, both of which could help offset production issues caused by the Covid-related lockdowns in Shanghai.

–IANS

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