In the last quarter of 2021, Tesla upped its previous delivery record set in last year’s third quarter.
Tesla delivered 308,600 electric vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2021, beating the previous high of 241,300 set in quarter 3. This also surpassed analyst predictions by more than 40,000 deliveries.
The quarter 4 deliveries put Tesla at 936,172 EV deliveries for the year, a sharp 87% increase from 2020 when the company had its first annual profit.
CEO Elon Musk tweeted about the first look of the quarter’s activities after they were released Sunday, celebrating his team’s work.
Great work by Tesla team worldwide!https://twitter.com/tesla/status/1477691175897341955\u00a0\u2026— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk) 1641146210
Also in quarter 4, Tesla produced 305,840 vehicles, though the cars had some slight adjustments.
In May, Tesla announced cars produced at the Fremont, California factory would have some technical changes, including the removal of radar sensors from Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built for North American customers. Instead, the cars use a camera-based system to enable features like automatic lane-keeping and traffic-adjusted cruise control.
Even with changes to features and a massive recall following safety reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla dominates the EV industry over competitors like Rivian and Ford.
Going forward, Austin will play a major role in Musk’s goal to increase the company’s vehicle sales volume to 20 million annually over the next nine years.
The long-anticipated Gigafactory in southeast Travis County, which will have public tours early this year, will soon add to production numbers, as production of the Model Y is expected to ramp up, and eventually the Cybertruck. Recently, Musk said the site, which now serves as the company’s headquarters, will generate 20,000 direct jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs, a move that would make it the largest private employer in Austin.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
\u201c#AustinCityLimits visitors, you\u2019re in for a weird and wild ride \ud83e\udd18\u262e\ufe0f \n\nFlying in or out of our airport? We got firm and fun tips for you: https://t.co/RawVRalOXN\u201d— Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) (@Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)) 1664894083
F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."