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Elon Musk Keeps His Promise As Tesla Ramps Model S/X Production By 50% In A Single Quarter

After stopping Model S & X production back in 2020, Elon Musk had promised Tesla will be back to producing 1000 Model S's a week in the fourth quarter. And now, after the EV maker released Q4 2021 production numbers, we see Elon Musk has kept his promise setting up Tesla for a record-breaking 2022.

Tesla stopped producing the Model S and X in late 2020. At the time, Tesla said production was halted to upgrade the Model S and X lines to produce the refreshed version of those vehicles.

Tesla initially expected to only shut down the Model S & X lines for 18 days. However, worldwide parts shortage coupled with battery scarcity forced Tesla to extend the shutdown for several months.

In July, Tesla restarted the Model S production line and at the time Elon Musk said “we’re in production and going to deliver the first 25 cars now, and then basically should be at several hundred cars per week soon and a thousand cars per week next quarter.”

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And in October Tesla started producing the refreshed Model X. However, the deliveries consisted of a handful of vehicles and were mostly sent out to Tesla employees. After those first deliveries, we haven’t heard much about the Model X other than sporadic reports of a restart of production.

In the 3rd quarter of 2021, Tesla ramped Model S production reaching over 8000 vehicles produced in 3 months. This was consistent with Musk’s assertion Tesla will ramp Model S production to several hundred vehicles per week.

And now, as Tesla releases Q4 2021 vehicle deliveries, we see Musk has once again kept his promise. In the last quarter of the year, the EV maker announced it has delivered 13,109 Model S & X vehicles.

As Model X production is negligible, this means Tesla has been producing around 1000 Model S’s every week. And even more impressively, Tesla has produced more Model S & X vehicles in the last 3 months of the year than the first 9 months.

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For the whole of 2021, Tesla produced 24,390 Model S & X. However, if Tesla can maintain the Q4 run rate then, the EV maker can produce 52,000 Model S’s in 2022. And if Tesla can ramp Model X production quickly then there is a chance the EV maker could reach the company’s upper limit of producing 100,000 Model S & X in a single year.

As of now, it is hard to predict how the Model X ramp will go and if Tesla is able to maintain the stellar Q4 Model S production. However, we will be sure to keep you posted as Tesla ramps the company’s most profitable products. Make sure to visit our site regularly for the latest updates.

So what do you think? Exited Tesla has started consistently meeting Elon Musk’s lofty production goals? What is your prediction for Model S & X production in 2022? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

Image: Courtesy of Tesla

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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.


John Goreham    January 3, 2022 - 12:51PM

I think you are mistaken about the deliveries in Q4 of the S/X lines (Paragraph 6). According to the Tesla data on its website, it delivered 11,750 of that pair of vehicles in total, not 13,109. You cited the production number. The deliveries average to about 900 total vehicles per week for X/Y combined. That rate is less than half what Tesla did in 2017.

DeanMcManis (not verified)    January 3, 2022 - 1:50PM

Yeah, it made me smile seeing Tinsae's article proclaiming Model S numbers to be 50% above their estimates, and right next to it was John's article saying that the sales were down 50% (from 2017). Tinsae gets the Optimist Award for 2022.