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Tesla produced a record ~80,000 vehicles in Q3 and deliveries could be even crazier

A source familiar with the matter has told Electrek that Tesla produced a record ~80,000 vehicles this quarter.

This level of production is unprecedented for the automaker, but deliveries could turn out to be even crazier.

We have been tracking Tesla’s production over the past few weeks of this critical period as the company is attempting to become profitable.

Friday, we published our latest report showing that Tesla achieved its Model 3 production goal for a record quarter with just over 2 days still to go.

Now that the quarter is over, our same source says that Tesla rallied to produce over 2,000 cars during those two and half days – bringing the total to around 80,000 vehicles.

Depending on how Tesla decides to present its production data (factory gated, rolled off the line, etc), our data could be off, but it’s unlikely to be off by more than 1 or 2 percent.

Among those 80,000 vehicles, Tesla produced about 53,000 Model 3 vehicles during the quarter. That’s an impressive 187% increase over the last quarter.

Overall, Tesla produced almost as many cars this quarter as the last two quarters combined. At this pace of production, it was about a week short of achieving that.

The automaker is expected to release the official numbers later today.

Electrek’s Take

No matter how you look at those numbers, it’s an impressive increase in production capacity. Undoubtedly, this is Tesla’s most impressive quarter to date in terms of production.

There were some ups and downs for Model 3 production and Tesla clearly didn’t achieve its goal of 6,000 units per week, but 187% increase quarter-over-quarter is still incredible.

Now the delivery results could be even crazier.

Tesla has been pushing hard for deliveries this month. More than any other end-of-the-quarter push before and that’s saying a lot.

I’d argue that it badly affects customer service and I hope that Tesla will stop this end-of-quarter push practice, but that’s another subject.

In terms of actual numbers, I think we could be looking at something special here. Maybe even more deliveries than production, which would be new for Tesla.

I predict about 85,000 vehicles delivered in Q3. It would easily be more than double Tesla’s previous record, as Musk predicted last month.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.

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