Tesla Delivers Record Number Of Vehicles Despite Slow Model 3 Rollout

FREMONT (CBS/AP) — Tesla Inc. says it delivered a record number of vehicles in the third quarter even though it made fewer of its new Model 3 sedans than anticipated.

Tesla delivered 26,150 vehicles in the July-September period, up 4.5 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Most were Model S sedans and Model X SUVs. Tesla delivered only 220 Model 3 cars.

Production of the hotly anticipated Model 3 — which is half the cost of Tesla’s previous models — began in July. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the time he hoped to make 1,500 Model 3 sedans in September.

On Monday, Tesla blamed “production bottlenecks” for the slow rollout, but said it’s confident it can fix those issues.

Tesla’s shares dipped 1 percent to $338.92 in after-hours trading.

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