Tesla improved sales by 55% compared to the first quarter of 2014

    Tesla Motor Inc reported sales data for the first quarter of 2015, Kommersant reports . For three months, the company sold 10,030 electric vehicles - 55% more than in the same period in 2014 and 500 more than the company planned to sell.

    In 2015, the head of the company, Ilon Musk, plans to sell 55 thousand cars, and by 2020, sales should reach 500 thousand per year. Considering that sales this year started successfully even taking into account the decrease in gas prices in the USA, Tesla should be able to exceed last year's figures when the company sold 31,655 cars.

    The company warns that the volume of cars sold should not be used as an indicator of quarterly financial results, as they depend on many other factors, including exchange rates and costs.

    The cost of electric vehicles for 25-50% consists of the cost of batteries. Recent studies by scientists from the Stockholm Environment Institute have shown thatFrom 2007 to 2014, prices for lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicle manufacturers fell from $ 1000 to $ 410 per kilowatt hour, and for the largest players - Tesla and Nissan - to $ 300 and will decrease by 8% annually.

    By 2018, prices are forecasted to drop to $ 230 per kilowatt hour, which could lead to a “potential paradigm shift in transportation technologies." Tesla already plans to produce models more affordable than the Tesla Model S, whose price is now starting at $ 69 thousand.

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