Tesla Motors: 22,300 Model S Vehicles Sold in 2013

By Amit Chowdhry ● January 14, 2014

Tesla Motors has delivered 6,900 Model S vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2013. This is 20% higher than the estimate that Tesla gave this past November, according to VP of sales Jerome Guillen. For the entire year of 2013, Tesla Motors delivered 22,300 Model S vehicles.

Tesla said that nearly all of the Model S cars covered by a recall announced on Monday has received a software update to prevent chargers from overheating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that 29,222 cars in the U.S. are affected by this problem.

“While NHTSA may call this a recall, we call this modern technology,” stated Guillen. “We can make every car better over time without having to bring the car in.” The recall was for a plug that risks overheating during the charging. The defect was found in under 3% of the 29,222 adapters.

“No Tesla vehicles are being physically recalled by Tesla,” said Tesla Motors Elon Musk in a tweet. “The word ‘recall’ needs to be recalled.”

Tesla Motors issued a statement that says they are expecting fourth quarter revenues to exceed previous guidance by 20%. “A higher than expected number of cars was manufactured as a result of an excellent effort by the Tesla production team and key suppliers, particularly Panasonic,” said the statement. Tesla’s stock increased over 15% today due to the sales announcement.

Tesla Motors is constantly opening new Superchargers as well. Tesla Motors opened seven Superchargers last week and two today. Tesla Motors is going to begin production of the Model X SUV by the end of this year. Delivery of the Model X will start in the first half of next year.

[Source: Auto News]

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