Tesla Motors announced that it delivered, in total, 10,030 cars in the first quarter (Q1) of 2015—a new company record for the most deliveries in a quarter and a 55% increase over Q1 last year. Tesla does not break out deliveries by region.
The release of deliveries so close to the end of the quarter is a break in pattern for the company. Tesla said it will maintain the practice of publishing the number of new car deliveries within three days of quarter end because “inaccurate sources” of information are sometimes used by others to project the number of vehicle deliveries.
Tesla said there there may be small changes to this delivery count (usually well under 1%), as Tesla only counts a delivery if it is transferred to the end customer and all paperwork is correct.
Deliveries, reminded Tesla, are only one measure of its financial performance and “should not be relied on as an indicator of our quarterly financial results, which depend on a variety of factors, including the cost of sales, foreign exchange movements and mix of directly leased vehicles.”