Tesla stock slides on big deliveries shortfall

Tesla shares have fallen over 30% this year

Tesla's first quarter deliveries fell way short of estimates, sending the shares down sharply on Tuesday and casting a cloud on electric-vehicle demand.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
TSLA TESLA INC. 157.11 -4.37 -2.71%

Elon Musk's EV maker produced over 433,000 vehicles during the first three months of the year, down 12% from the prior quarter and it delivered 387,000 down 20% from the prior quarter, the company reported. Analysts had expected the automaker to deliver over 400,000, according to estimates. 

Smithtown, N.Y.: New Tesla electric vehicles fill the car lot at the Tesla retail location on Route 347 in Smithtown, New York on July 5, 2023. This location is one of five Tesla-owned centers throughout the state. (Photo by John Paraskevas/Newsday R

The latest deliveries' snapshot is another headwind for shareholders, with Tesla's stock down over 30% so far this year. 

Tesla

Tesla is facing competition from U.S. automakers, including Ford, GM and Mercedes, as well as EV makers from China. This as EV demand wanes in favor of good gas-powered vehicles. 

Tesla Supercharger

Tesla automobile plugged in and charging a Supercharger rapid battery charging station for the electric vehicle company Tesla Motors, in the Silicon Valley town of Mountain View, California, August 24, 2016. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images / Getty Images)

Ford Motor Co. earlier this month slashed prices on its Mustang Mach-E electric SUV by up to $8,100 after sales fell sharply in January. Ford also said in January it would reduce production of its F-150 Lightning pickup truck, cutting production at its Michigan Rouge Electric Vehicle Center to one shift starting April 1.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
F FORD MOTOR CO. 12.09 -0.14 -1.19%
GM GENERAL MOTORS CO. 42.65 -0.04 -0.09%

MERCEDES TO SLOW EV PLANS ON WEAK DEMAND

While the  German luxury brand disclosed it won't meet its 2025 deadline to have EVs, including hybrids, make up 50% of all sales. Lackluster demand for electric-powered cars has delayed that goal until at least 2030, the company announced in February. 

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