Electric Vehicle (EV) automaker Tesla missed market estimates for its deliveries in the third quarter. After reducing production because of planned factory shutdowns, the company delivered 435,059 vehicles in Q3, falling short of Wall Street estimates of 454,100 vehicles according to 19 analysts polled by Visible Alpha.
While this year’s third-quarter deliveries were higher than last year’s deliveries of 365,923 vehicles, it fell short of the previous quarter’s 479,700 deliveries. Still, the company insists that it is on track to deliver its target of 1.8 million vehicles.
Some analysts have expressed optimism for Tesla’s fourth-quarter prospects, citing factory upgrades that could improve efficiency and lead to a rebound in deliveries. Such improvements should also allow Tesla to introduce new models to compete with U.S. rivals including Ford and BYD.