Tesla delivers over 250,000 cars in second quarter - fewer than during Q1 - amid Covid obstacles and supply chain challenges
- The electric car producer reports over 254,695 car deliveries in its 2022 second quarter.
- Musk refers to new Austin and Berlin factories as "money furnaces," CNBC reports.
In addition to the pandemic, Tesla's second quarter was affected by supply chain issues, and a shortage of parts. The numbers released reflect a 50,000-plus increase in cars delivered compared to last year's second quarter, CNBC reports.
Despite the increase, Tesla fell short of analysts' delivery expectations of 256,520 units, according to a consensus compiled by FactSet-owned Street Account. Tesla reported over 300,000 deliveries in its first quarter of 2022 — over 50,000 more units than its most recent quarter.
In China, Covid-related rules forced Tesla's Shanghai factory to limit operations, and supply chain issues were exacerbated by the Russia's invasion into Ukraine.
The company plans to post the financial results of its second quarter on July 20, but
"Berlin and Austin are losing billions of dollars right now because there's a ton of expense and hardly any output," Musk said in a May interview with Tesla Owners Silicon Valley.
"Getting Berlin and Austin functional and getting Shanghai back in the saddle fully are overwhelmingly our concerns. Everything else is a very small thing basically."
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