Tesla (TSLA) reported record vehicle deliveries in the third quarter on Sunday, but came in well below views. The report may bolster demand concerns, especially in China, where EV giant Elon Musk is ramping up production capacity.
Tesla stock fell strongly on Monday morning after cutting short-term lows on Friday.
Tesla delivered 343,830 electric vehicles in the third quarter, an increase of 42% over the previous year and surpassing the first-quarter record of 310,048. It was also 35% higher than 254,695 in the second quarter. The Shanghai factory faced prolonged shutdowns and a slow recovery in the second quarter due to the Covid shutdown.
But analysts expected Tesla to deliver 350,000 to 370,000, with the consensus just above 360,000.
Given Tesla’s significant expansions over the past six months, the increase is relatively modest. Tesla Berlin opened in March and the Austin factory in April, although those locations are still slowly increasing. The Shanghai site received a major capacity upgrade in July and early August, with these moves temporarily limiting production.
In fact, Tesla’s production significantly exceeded deliveries in the third quarter, as the EV giant produced 36,5923 vehicles last month.
Tesla delivered 325,158 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in the third quarter, along with 18,672 Model S and luxury Model X EVs.
In a press release, Tesla noted logistical challenges and an increase in the number of vehicles in transit.
Demand concerns from China’s Tesla
There are indications that demand for Tesla is not strong enough to meet the increased capacity, especially in China.
However, Reuters reported last week that Tesla plans to keep production at its upgraded Shanghai plant at about 93% of capacity until the end of the year. Recent improvements to the plant have increased production capacity by nearly a third.
Tesla China’s waiting times for new vehicles fell sharply in September, indicating little or no backlog. Wait times increased modestly again, as Tesla returned to exporting Shanghai cars at the start of the quarter.
Tesla started introducing new insurance support in China last month, serving as De facto price cut. This insurance support will continue until the end of the year.
There is speculation that Tesla will announce a China price cut in early October. Another option is for Tesla to export a larger share of its production in Shanghai. There are some reports that this is already happening, with Shanghai switching to export a few days ago. This could make Tesla have more vehicles in transit.
But the European backlog has begun to fall, too, with Tesla recently introducing a short-range Model Y there, often at a significantly lower price than the previous base model. Also, the Berlin plant should slowly account for a larger share of Tesla’s European sales.
Tesla produces the Model S sedan and Model X SUV, as well as the Model 3 sedan and Model Y crossover. However, the vast majority are Model 3 and Y models.
Other vehicles, including Semi and Cybertruck, were pushed back several times. Musk said the Cybertruck is on its way to mid-2023 and that Tesla Semi will begin deliveries by the end of 2022.
Q3 Tesla shipments came on the heels Artificial Intelligence Day at Tesla on FridayThe company showcased its latest humanoid Optimus robot prototype, as well as advances in artificial intelligence in driver assistance software. Musk tweeted that the event was primarily a promotion to recruit AI and robotics engineers.
Tesla stock fell more than 5% before opening on Monday market trading. This would be the lowest level since late July. Shares fell 1.1% to 265.25 on Friday, trailing recent lows. Stocks pulled back from the 50-day moving average during the week.
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Tesla has Compound classification Out of 83. It has 78 relative strength rating, exclusive IBD stock check A measure of stock price movement with a score of 1 to 99. The rating shows how the stock has performed over the last 52 weeks against all other stocks in the IBD database. EPS rating is 77.
China’s Tesla competitors
Musk and Tesla also face new competition in the Chinese electric car market from BYD, Nio and Lee Otto (LI), And the XPeng (XPEV). Nio, Li Auto and Xpeng September deliveries reported On Saturday, with BYD sales also in early October.
BYD, the world’s largest electric, hybrid and plug-in car maker and the largest seller of pure electricity in China, deals directly with the Tesla Model 3 for the first time. BYD Seal, with similar specifications but $10,000 less than the Model 3, began deliveries in late August.
Luxury EV startup Nio began delivery of the ET5, a Model 3 competitor, on September 30.
BYD and Nio are also looking to cement their position in the European market, after beginning sales in Norway in 2021. BYD introduced three all-electric models to Europe at a virtual event on September 28, and Nio is scheduled to participate in a similar event in October. 7. BYD has recently started deliveries in Australia, India and several other Asian countries, and is launching in several other markets in the next few months.
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