Published on January 15th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Tesla Exceeded Sales Expectations In Q4 2014, Expect A Stock Surge

January 15th, 2014 by  

Tesla Motors yesterday announced that it exceeded guidance by a whopping 20% in the fourth quarter of 2014, selling/delivering nearly 6,900 cars, a new record. Needless to say, this is likely to give the electric car icon a big boost. Here’s the full press release from Tesla:

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Tesla sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 were the highest in company history by a significant margin. With almost 6,900 vehicles sold and delivered, Tesla exceeded prior guidance by approximately 20%. A higher than expected number of cars was manufactured as a result of an excellent effort by the Tesla production team and key suppliers, particularly Panasonic.

The two key drivers of demand were the superlative safety record of the Model S and great performance under extremely cold conditions.

Safety Record

Tesla remains the only manufacturer with a perfect safety record of zero deaths or serious, permanent injuries ever. Including the Roadster, Tesla vehicles have now been on the road for almost six years in 31 countries with almost 200 million miles driven to date. Despite dozens of high speed collisions, the driver and passengers have always been protected. This is Tesla’s proudest achievement.

Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Tesla Model S a 5 star safety rating overall and in every subcategory without exception. Of all vehicles tested, including every major make and model approved for sale in the United States, the Model S set a new record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants. While the Model S is a sedan, it also exceeded the safety score of all SUV’s and minivans.

Excellent Cold Weather Performance

Due to the precision of its electric powertrain, the Model S has outstanding traction control relative to the much higher latency and inertia of a gasoline powertrain. As a result, it is able to perform better on snow and ice than many all-wheel drive gasoline cars, as shown in this Tesla produced video:

And many independent reviews and customer produced videos:

Tesla’s highest sales per capita are in Norway and the individual customer who owns the most cars lives in Narvik, which is above the Arctic Circle.

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  • Pieter Siegers

    Please get your title right – 2014??

  • Deep Time

    “Tesla Exceeded Sales Expectations In Q4 2014,”

    I love this site but by far Clean Technica has the most editing errors of any site I frequent. This is just another example. If you can’t afford an editor can you at least proofread each others’ stories before they are posted? Sheesh!

  • Albertico

    Fix title please. Q4 2013 not 2014. Otherwise, nice read

  • S.Nkm

    I’m so confused. Which year are we now?

  • Biff

    Who wrote this article? Doc Brown?

    • Deep Time

      Great Scott! And I hear the total electric output of all Tesla vehicles on the road currently equals 1.21 gigawatts…

  • Matt

    Headline and 1st line should read Q4 2013, not 2014 unless you did some time travel to get this story.

  • Clean air

    Great article thanks- a pleasure reading that.
    Hot news: Tesla cooperates with DB for Supercharger network:
    Preventing wrong information from an US article yesterday.. The term “recall” is outdated. No vehicles are being physically recalled by Tesla”The charger connectors, which tether Tesla-issued cables to wall outlets, will be mailed out in the next two weeks, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk ( said in an interview today.
    “These are very rare events, but occasionally the wiring isn’t done right,” Musk said. “We want people to have absolute comfort, so we’re going to be providing them with an upgraded adapter.”

    Laut Tesla:
    “Because this was an over-the-air update, customers can confirm receipt without having to bring their vehicles into a Tesla Service Center or other location by simply tapping on the 17” touchscreen and verifying that their Model S is running software version 5.8.4 or later.” siehe aktuelle Pressemeldungen!!!

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