Tesla reached its goal of delivering 50,000 vehicles in 2015.
The American automaker shipped 17,400 vehicles in the fourth quarter, helping it deliver a total of 50,580 units last year. The company originally estimated it would deliver around 55,000 vehicles, though that estimate was downgraded to 50,000 units late in 2015.
Tesla finally introduced the Model X crossover after numerous delays in development and managed to move a total of 208 Model X crossovers which were shipped in the fourth quarter. “Model X deliveries are in line with the very early stages of our Model X production ramp as we prioritize quality above all else,” the company said in the statement. It estimates that weekly output for the Model X will be around 238, based on the daily production rate in the last week of the year.
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The fourth-quarter deliveries were on the low end of Tesla’s projected range of 17,000 to 19,000 units.
In 2015, Tesla also began rolling out its Autopilot technology that enables its vehicles to drive semi-autonomously on the freeway. The company is planning a hiring spree in the coming years as CEO Elon Musk is focused on creating completely self-driving vehicles through its Autopilot feature.
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