Following – and, ahem, – 2021, Tesla remains at the forefront of EV production in America as we enter the new year. With deliveries up nearly 90 percent over 2020’s figures, Tesla achieved “the highest quarterly operating margin among all volume OEMs,” during that time frame, according to the company’s Q4 figures. The company not only hit $ 5.5 billion in net income despite a $ 6.5 billion outlay for new production facilities in Berlin and Austin, Texas, it also exceeded its own revenue goals by a cool billion dollars.
In Q4, 2021, Tesla produced 930,000 electric vehicles (99 percent of which were Model Xs and Ys) and delivered 936,000 of them to customers around the world. At the same time, the company expanded its proprietary Supercharger network by a third, now totalling 3,476 stations. The company also announced that it will likely be looking at new production facility locations throughout 2022 but does not currently have a list of candidate sites available for the public.
Despite widespread supply chain issues impacting the entire automotive industry, Tesla maintained its production capabilities better than virtually any other automaker. The Fremont factory churned out around 600,000 vehicles last year with plans to increase that figure even after the Austin and Berlin plants come online later this year. Production in the Shanghai plant continues to ramp up as well. According to Tesla, it has managed to lower the per unit cost of producing its vehicles to around ,000 36,000 (and did so in both Q3 and Q4, 2021).
Tesla CEO Elon Musk doubled down on his bullish outlook for the company’s Full Self-Driving feature on Wednesday’s call. “Over time we think Full Self-Driving will become the most important source of profitability for Tesla,” he noted.
Tesla’s Q4 investor call will take place at 5:30 pm ET today, stay tuned for live updates and comment from Tesla executives.
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