Polestar (NASDAQ: PSNY) announced this morning that it delivered 9,215 vehicles in Q3, bringing its total for 2022 thus far to 30,400 units. The Swedish automaker reaffirmed its goal to produce and deliver 50,000 cars for the year, confidently committing to nearly 20,000 units in Q4 alone.
“We needed to catch up on production after COVID-19 related setbacks in China, and we have,” CEO Thomas Ingenlath said. “The majority of Polestar 2 cars set for delivery in Q4 are ready and making their way to our customers in 27 markets around the world, with the fourth quarter set to be our strongest on record yet. I am confident we will meet our target of 50,000 cars for this year.”
Polestar said a ramp in production in China earlier this year following a shutdown due to COVID-19 resulted in higher production rates afterward. Polestar is firmly committed to reaching the 50,000 goal it set for itself earlier this year, meaning it will need to deliver roughly two-thirds of its total so far in 2022 in the final quarter of the year.
The company will report financial and operational results for Q3 on November 11 at 8:00 a.m. EDT.
Polestar’s 2022 Performance
Polestar has remained adamant that it will reach the 50,000 unit goal for the second time after delivering the same message following Q2. The company delivered 9,410 units in Q2, a slightly higher number than it did in Q3. However, Q1 was its strongest three-month period of the year, with 11,790 deliveries.
It is not necessarily encouraging that Polestar has seen a steady decline in deliveries since Q1, but it is not necessarily a major reason to show concern. Polestar did say, after all, that “the majority of Polestar 2 cars set for delivery in Q4 are ready and making their way to our customers.” This includes 27 total markets globally, and is likely a similar situation to what Tesla is facing with its Q4 delivery plan.
Tesla delivered 343,000 vehicles in Q3, which missed analyst expectations but still was a company record. Tesla stated that some vehicles that were ready to be delivered to customers at the end of Q3 won’t be delivered until Q4, which will start the automaker off with a strong beginning to 2022’s final quarter. Polestar will likely start of Q4 with the same type of momentum, which is a good indication that it could reach its 50,000 unit goal for 2022.
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