Tesla mentioned Wednesday that its benefit leapt greater than sixfold ultimate yr to $5.5 billion, the best possible general in its 19-year historical past, as gross sales soared additional, particularly in Europe and China.
However the automaker warned that offer chain troubles stemming from the pandemic would once more constrain manufacturing via this yr.
“Our personal factories were working beneath capability for a number of quarters as provide chain become the primary proscribing issue, which is more likely to proceed via 2022,” the corporate mentioned.
Tesla’s income rose to $53.8 billion in 2021, from $31.5 billion a yr previous. Deliveries larger 87 p.c, to 936,000 vehicles. It closed the yr with a powerful fourth quarter wherein income climbed 65 p.c, to $17.7 billion, and internet source of revenue rose to $2.3 billion, from $270 million within the related length in 2020.
The corporate generated $4.6 billion in money within the fourth quarter and ended the yr with $17.5 billion in money available.
Elon Musk, Tesla’s leader government, mentioned the corporate would no longer announce any growth of its product lineup this yr so it might focal point on expanding manufacturing.
Including fashions whilst call for is outstripping provide “wouldn’t make sense,” he mentioned in a convention name with analysts. “If we presented new cars, our general output would lower.”
Tesla mentioned it used to be operating on its Cybertruck pickup, which used to be meant to enter manufacturing in 2021.
The corporate repeated a prior forecast that it anticipated gross sales to develop about 50 p.c a yr on reasonable for the following few years. Mr. Musk mentioned Tesla would develop “very easily above” that determine in 2022.
Tesla grew ultimate yr regardless of a scarcity of laptop chips that affected all of the business. The corporate used to be in a position to mitigate the have an effect on of the dearth by means of switching to forms of chips that had been extra readily to be had. Tesla could make this sort of trade as a result of its instrument lets in its vehicles to paintings with a greater diversity of chips than different automakers’ cars do.
“The chip scarcity continues to be a topic,” Mr. Musk mentioned Wednesday. “We predict to be chip-limited this yr. It will have to alleviate subsequent yr.”
Along with its established factories in Fremont, Calif., and Shanghai, Tesla wishes output from vegetation it’s construction in Texas and Germany to handle its speedy expansion.
“We goal to extend our manufacturing as temporarily as we will be able to, no longer best via ramping manufacturing at new factories in Austin and Berlin, but in addition by means of maximizing output from our established factories in Fremont and Shanghai,” the company said Wednesday. “We imagine competitiveness within the E.V. marketplace will likely be made up our minds by means of the power so as to add capability around the provide chain and ramp manufacturing.”
Mr. Musk mentioned Tesla would most likely get started scouting places for a brand new automobile plant by means of the tip of the yr.
The corporate mentioned it was hoping to start delivery Fashion Y compacts made in Austin. Manufacturing on the plant close to Berlin, which have been anticipated to start out by means of the tip of 2021, has been behind schedule on account of disputes with German government over lets in.
Tesla dominates the marketplace for electrical cars in the US, however it’s more likely to after all face some severe pageant this yr. Ford Motor, Common Motors, Volkswagen and Hyundai have all defined bold plans to introduce new electrical vehicles in the US. Two fledgling electrical automobile manufacturers, Rivian and Lucid Motors, even have simply began delivery cars meant to compete with Tesla.
Tesla’s bottom-line determine for 2021 incorporated just about $1.5 billion that it earned from promoting regulatory credit to different automakers, moderately lower than within the earlier yr.