Tesla delivered a record 343,830 vehicles in the third quarter of 2022, a sign that the Elon Musk-owned company has bounced back from a slower second quarter related to COVID-related factory shutdowns.
In a report on the automaker’s site, Tesla says the Model S and X made up 18,672 of its quarterly deliveries, while the Model 3 and Y accounted for 325,158. Tesla made a total of 365,923 cars during the quarter, leaving about 20,000 cars in its inventory.
The automaker clarifies that some of these electric vehicles (EVs) were “in transit at the end of the quarter,” adding that they “have been ordered and will be delivered to customers upon arrival at their destination.” Tesla also notes that it had been difficult to “secure vehicle transportation capacity and at a reasonable cost during these peak logistics weeks,” which is why some of the EVs still haven’t been delivered.
Last year, Musk told employees to stop rushing to increase quarterly deliveries and to instead focus on minimizing costs related to transit. Musk echoed that sentiment in a reply to a user on Twitter, who asked Musk to expand on the challenges Tesla faces in terms of vehicle transportation.
“Smoothing out crazy end of quarter delivery wave to reduce expedite costs & relieve stress on Tesla team. Aiming for steadier deliveries intra-quarter,” Musk writes on Twitter. “Customer experience suffers when there is an end of quarter rush. Steady as she goes is the right move.”
Update October 2nd, 3:29PM ET: Updated to add a tweet and statement from Elon Musk.