Apr 2, 2021 - Economy & Business

Tesla delivered 184,800 cars in the first quarter

Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Tesla said Friday it delivered 184,800 cars in the first quarter — exceeding analyst expectations (177,822).

Why it matters: That tops the previous record set in Q4. It's also more than double the vehicles delivered at the same time last year.

It's a strong start to 2021 for Tesla. Tesla defied the pandemic and turned out a string of profitable quarters as the global economy crumbled, though it's unclear how the global chip shortage will affect the electric carmaker.

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