Tesla has ended the 2020 year with a significant spring in its step – posting a record delivery target of 180,570 SUVs and sedans for the October-December period.
CEO Elon Musk had set an ambitious goal of delivering 500,000 vehicles in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, though with the virus forcing its only US assembly plant to close for several weeks that target had largely seemed in doubt.
While not quite the 500k threshold the manufacturer did come extremely close, delivering 499,550 cars in 2020.
Musk took to his Twitter account over the weekend casting the news as a big win for the company writing, “So proud of the Tesla team for achieving this major milestone! At the start of Tesla, I thought we had (optimistically) a 10 per cent chance of surviving at all.”
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. https://t.co/xCqTL5TGlE
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 2, 2021
In Australia, Tesla has already shipped more than 10,000 electric cars since 2014, and sold more than double that of all other EV car makers combined in 2020.
According to The Driven, Tesla had sold 2,949 vehicles by mid-December last year in a predicted year of less than 5,000 EV sales within Australia (down from 6,718 in 2019).
On the lighter side, Tesla owners can now change their horn sound to anything they want thanks to a recent software update. Whether it be a goat, snake, saxaphone, fart or a custom sound – the choice is all yours. Happy holidays indeed!
Change your horn sound to ?, ??, ? or holiday jingles with latest Tesla software update!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 25, 2020