Tesla ships more Model S, X Plaid to Europe en route to first 1M delivery year

Tesla Model S Plaid in "Transport Mode," as it prepares to leave the Port of Baltimore. (Credit: Teslarati)

Tesla shipped more Model S and Model X Plaid and Long Range units to Europe yesterday en route to the company’s first year delivering one million cars.

Last week, Tesla started delivering Model S and Model X Plaid and Long Range vehicles in Europe for the first time since the cars were refreshed by the automaker last year.

The first cars arrived at the Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium, with the Model S and Model Xs making it to Germany and other European countries as deliveries have already started.

Tesla has now officially started shipping another batch of Model S and Model X vehicles from the United States, as Teslarati has confirmed vehicles were loaded onto ships at the Port of Baltimore over the last few days. Shipments left the Port of Baltimore yesterday.

Images of Tesla Model S and X vehicles inside of shipping vessels were shared to Teslarati over the weekend:

Tesla Model S Plaid in "Transport Mode," as it prepares to leave the Port of Baltimore. (Credit: Teslarati)
Credit: Teslarati
Credit: Teslarati
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Tesla routinely ships vehicles to other countries and regions, but the automaker has emphasized completing customer deliveries by the end of the year. In an attempt to accumulate over one million vehicle deliveries in a single calendar year for the first time in its history, Tesla will utilize the European deliveries of the Model S and X to pad its accomplishment, hoping to reach a potential delivery figure above 1.5 million units in 2022.

End-of-year delivery pushes are as routine for Tesla as any other business operation. With more of the company’s flagship vehicles making it across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, it indicates that delivery numbers are a “by any means necessary” metric this year.

Tesla has been attempting to pad delivery figures in 2022 with a series of hefty discounts on vehicles, including a $3,750 rollback on Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in the United States. Offering a similar discount in China, Tesla has its sights set on eliminating as much of its 2022 vehicle inventory and production capacity to increase its yearly delivery count.

Tesla has delivered 908,573 vehicles so far through the first three quarters of 2022. With less than 100,000 vehicles needed to reach the 1 million unit threshold for the year, Tesla is likely looking closer to 1.5 million for 2022, with analysts expecting as much as

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at joey@teslarati.com. He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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