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The global chip shortage appears to have had no dampening effect on the electric carmaker's ability to achieve its best year on record.

04 Jan 2022 | International News : U.S.A.

Bought a Model 3 sedan in 2021? If so, you've contributed to what was an incredible banner year for Tesla.

Concluding with a record-breaking fourth quarter, the world's most prominent EV-maker ramped up its production this year to come within spitting distance of the one-million mark in terms of deliveries. That has made 2021 its best production year thus far. 

Success can mostly be attributed to the appeal of the Model 3 sedan and Model Y compact crossover
308,600 electric vehicles were delivered in the fourth quarter, up from the already unprecedented 241,000 vehicles delivered in the previous one. Piled on to numbers from the first half of the year, 2021 saw a total of 936,172 Teslas being delivered - an 87% increase over 2020.

A closer look at the breakdown of the sales figures will evince that the company's faith in its more entry-level offerings is increasingly paying off. 

Out of the nearly one million vehicles delivered, the Model 3 sedan and Model Y compact-crossover - which share the same platform - comprised a whopping 97%, or 911,208 vehicles. 

A steady expansion of its production capacity, such as with Giga Shanghai, has helped Tesla's growth
The remaining 3% was then split between the Model S sedan and Model X SUV. (Customers who have pre-ordered the Cybertruck are still waiting.) It is unclear which model exactly was the main breadwinner, since Tesla does not go into further detail beyond separating its sales figures into these two broad groups.

The carmaker's growth has been a long time in the making. In 2019, it established a presence in the world's largest market for automobiles with the construction of Giga Shanghai. Plans to open another production facility in Germany were then further concretised late last year.

As the carmaker's production levels have continually scaled new heights, teething issues have also begun to emerge. Just last week, a recall for 475,000 Tesla Model 3 and Model S sedans was announced over safety issues.

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