After 2018 was determined by Ilon Muksk as the heaviest in Tesla's history, the beginning of 2019 does not seem much more promising to the electric car manufacturer.
This week the company reported that it delivered 63,000 Tesla cars for the first quarter of 2019, a decline of 31% compared to sales for the last quarter of 2018.
Most unpleasant for Tesla and Mouse in this case is that 50,900 of newly purchased cars are Model 3 – the cheapest model of the brand.
The reason for the decline, according to Tesla's statement, is that the company is having trouble providing cars to its buyers. At the end of the first quarter of 2019, 10,600 Tesla vehicles were in transit to their new owners.
However, the company says it will deliver on its promise to investors and will be able to deliver between 360,000 and 400,000 cars this year.
In February, Mssk presented the highly anticipated Budget Range Model 3, worth $ 35,000, as well as the slightly more powerful Standard Range Plus, priced at $ 37,500.
The overall expectation is that these two models will help Tesla become a truly popular and affordable brand after Model 3 itself already holds the world's best-selling EV model award.