Tesla deliveries zoom past Wall Street expectations

Electric-car maker delivered 184,400 vehicles in Q1

Tesla Inc.’s first-quarter deliveries outpaced Wall Street estimates in the face of supply-chain issues caused by COVID-19.

The Palo Alto, California-based electric-car maker delivered 184,400 vehicles in the three months through March, exceeding the 177,822 vehicles that analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting. There were 180,338 vehicles produced during the quarter.

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Nearly 99%, or 182,780, of the deliveries were Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. The remaining 2,020 deliveries were either Model S or Model X vehicles.

These were “drop the mic” delivery numbers, wrote Dan Ives, an analyst for New York-based Wedbush Securities.

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He noted that Wall Street had lowered expectations for the quarter due to the chip shortages and related production issues.

The electric-car maker dealt with production stoppages due to a fire at its Freemont, California, factory, as well as parts shortages and port delays that were caused by the pandemic.

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Shares did not react to the news as U.S. markets are closed for Good Friday. They were down 6.22% this year through Thursday, underperforming the S&P 500’s 7.02% gain.

Tesla is set to report its first-quarter results on April 28.