Tesla mentioned Friday it delivered 184,800 automobiles within the first quarter — exceeding analyst expectations (177,822).

Why it issues: That tops the earlier document set in This fall. It is also greater than double the autos delivered on the identical time final yr.

It is a robust begin to 2021 for Tesla. Tesla defied the pandemic and turned out a string of worthwhile quarters as the worldwide economic system crumbled, although it is unclear how the worldwide chip scarcity will have an effect on the electrical carmaker.

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