The inventory market bulls who drove Tesla’s shares up eightfold in 2020 had been handed a brand new yr current on Saturday, as the electrical carmaker reported report deliveries of recent autos that comfortably beat Wall Road expectations.

Tesla stated it had delivered 180,570 autos in the course of the fourth quarter, forward of the 174,000 analysts had anticipated. It additionally got here inside a hair’s breadth of reaching the half-million goal for 2020 that Elon Musk, chief government officer, set earlier within the yr, with deliveries hitting 499,550.

The most recent figures recommended Tesla was firing on all cylinders on the finish of a yr through which the worldwide car business suffered a pointy contraction in gross sales. Gross sales had been boosted by the speedy ramping up of manufacturing at a plant in Shanghai that opened early within the yr and the launch of the Mannequin Y, a crossover primarily based on the corporate’s Mannequin three.

When Tesla confirmed its Mannequin three in 2016, resulting in a rush of deposits from potential patrons, Mr Musk predicted gross sales would hit as many as 1m autos in 2020. Although reaching simply half that, the precise determine — a rise of 36 per cent from the yr earlier than — nonetheless confirmed that Tesla was scaling up its international operations extra rapidly than some had anticipated.

Deliveries within the quarter additionally represented a brand new excessive, climbing 30 per cent from the earlier peak hit in the course of the third quarter. The corporate stated on Saturday that it had began producing the Mannequin Y in China, and that new crops in Texas and Germany are on account of begin manufacturing this yr.

Tesla’s shares ended final yr at a report excessive following its entry to the S&P 500 index in December, which valued the corporate at $669bn.

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