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Tesla Wants to Sell More Cars During 2016 than All Previous Years Combined

It’s been rumored that the Model X’s bio-weapon defense button would trigger Chinese buyers’ interest, and judging by the level of air pollution one of the country’s big cities has recently reached, it may actually prove possible. But is Tesla’s freshly unveiled SUV capable of rising worldwide sales that much?
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It’s a legitimate question auto CEOs are most likely quietly asking as they plan their next day at the office, but an accurate answer to that is almost impossible to give. However, as Elon Musk was reporting the company’s third-quarter financial results, an interesting aspect stole the show.

It turns out that Tesla is planning to manufacture and produce between 1,600 and 1,800 vehicles per week on average next year. These numbers sum up to a yearly total of between 83,200 to 93,600 units. Why is that important to an industry where millions of vehicles are produced every year? Because if the higher end of its plan is achieved, next year Tesla will sell more cars than it has since its inception.

According to Electrek, the EV maker delivered 11,603 cars from July through September, which made the last quarter its best to date, but the company is aiming to significantly increase production this quarter, to deliver between 17,000 to 19,000 units during the last three months of the year. Impressive? Not if one compares these numbers to what the Palo Alto-based company wants to achieve.

Tesla delivered a total of 2,400 units of its first vehicle, the Roadster. To these, approximately 90,000 Tesla Model S cars sold until now add up, resulting in a total of less than what they want to deliver next year alone. Perhaps Elon Musk is counting on the recently unveiled first European factory in the Netherlands. The plant is the first fully-fledged factory outside its home market, and was built using old factory parts from the company’s main plant in Fremont, California.

It should be noted that the Dutch factory is not entirely new, but more like a reconfiguration and upgrade, considering it was previously used to reassemble EVs made in the U.S.. However, the new line is set to make 450 Tesla Model S cars per week, with a total capacity of about 1,000 a week.


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