Tesla says it delivered a record 1.3M vehicles last year, 40% more than in 2021.
While the company delivered more than 405,000 vehicles in the last three months of 2022. The figure missed the Wall Street forecasts of around 430,000 deliveries for the period. The company will announce the financial results of the 4th quarter of 2022 and the whole year on 25 January.
The shortfall is unusual for Tesla, as it had previously managed to deliver about as many vehicles as it produced. In October chief executive Elon Musk said he was working to resolve the issue.
In a statement to investors, Tesla said it had to deal with “significant Covid and supply chain related challenges throughout the year.”
Besides, the motor industry expects lower demand this year as potential customers worry about rising interest rates and recession concerns.
Tesla also faces competition from traditional motor manufacturing giants such as Ford and General Motors. The newer entrants to the market like Rivian and Lucid in the US and China’s BYD and Nio also pose
Meanwhile authorities in South Korea said they would fine Tesla $2.2m for failing to tell its customers about the shorter driving range of its electric vehicles in low temperatures.
The Korea Fair Trade Commission said the company had exaggerated the “driving ranges of its cars on a single charge, their fuel cost-effectiveness compared to gasoline vehicles as well as the performance of its Superchargers”.
Highlighting the logistics issues faced by the world’s most valuable car maker, deliveries in the fourth quarter of the year were about 34,000 fewer than Tesla produced.
Tesla said in a separate statement that it plans to host its Investor Day on 1 March. The event will be livestreamed from its Gigafactory in Texas.
“Our investors will be able to see our most advanced production line. As well as get to discuss long-term expansion plans, generation 3 platform, capital allocation, and other subjects with our leadership team.
Tesla’s shares fell by 65% in 2022. Its the worst year since going public in 2010. The as investors worried about disruptions to production, concerns over a slowdown in demand and Mr Musk’s focus on Twitter.
The multi-billionaire bought the social media platform at the end of October for $44bn. He has spent much of his time since then trying to turn the business around.