Tesla Posts Second Quarterly Profits; Commits to Build Over 500,000 Units This Year

Tesla Wednesday posted the second quarterly profit in a row on record automobile deliveries and mentioned it will produce over 500,000 items this year, as the electric vehicle manufacturer’s shares surged to new highs.

Shares surged 13% after hours, reaching an all-time excessive and, for the first time, cracking the $600 mark as Tesla committed to “comfortably exceed” half a million deliveries, a rise by over a third from the 367,500 it shipped in 2019.

Tesla Wednesday said the manufacturing course at its new Shanghai plant was running as anticipated and said it could increase the production of its mass-market Model 3 as a consequence of strong demand in China.

The firm further stated it has begun production of its new Model Y, an electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV), at its Fremont manufacturing facility this month and plans to ship the first models by March-end, ahead of schedule.

Wednesday’s outcomes suggest Tesla is a more steady chapter after several tumultuous years underlined by abrupt losses, production troubles, and clashes with U.S. regulators.

And while CEO Elon Musk made unusual feedback during Wednesday’s investor call, he averted any embarrassing events that led him to apologize to Wall Street analysts previously.

Investors overall are speculating that Tesla has overcome its many struggles and can compete with bigger, better-capitalized competitors to steer the industry on technological innovation for the next-gen of vehicles.

Their permission also is a boon to Musk after his mercurial conduct, and a series of scandals and public upheavals forced him to step down as chairperson

Cost efficiencies and high production volumes ought to permit Tesla to reach trade-leading operating margins ultimately, the firm stated on Wednesday.