Electromobility picks up speed on its way to mainstream

July 27, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Electromobility picks up speed on its way to mainstream
For the first time, the American electric car manufacturer Tesla has earned more than one billion dollars in a quarter - and not, as before, primarily with the sale of CO2 certificates, but with the sale of cars. But elsewhere, too, the electrification of the model range is taking off.

Never before has it been evident within just one week how much electromobility is gaining in importance for the car industry. Not only the electric pioneer Tesla has clearly stepped on the gas, but competitors from the classic car industry can also chalk up significant successes in the market for electric cars - or at least credibly demonstrate that they are tackling the issue with great energy.

According to its latest quarterly report, Tesla sold more than twice as many electric cars as a year earlier - despite the global chip shortage, from which the US manufacturer was not spared, and the shortage of raw materials in general. In total, Tesla produced more than 200,000 cars in the quarter under review - in the comparable quarter of 2020, the figure was only 80,000 vehicles. Tesla thus achieved a turnover of almost 12 billion dollars and a profit of 1.1 billion dollars. What is remarkable about this is the fact that the lion's share of this profit came from the sale of vehicles - previously, revenue from the sale of CO2 certificates was by far the most important profit earner at the company.

Admittedly, the company also had to accept setbacks in some places. For example, Tesla is also suffering from the supply bottlenecks for semiconductor components - probably less than other vehicle manufacturers, but the crisis is not leaving Tesla entirely unscathed: for the second half of the year, the company assumes that the supply situation for chips will have a negative impact on deliveries and the company's growth. There was also a setback in Tesla's plans to build the Semi electric Semi trailer truck. The company had to postpone the start of production until 2022; previously it had been assumed that the first units could be delivered as early as the end of 2021. Nevertheless, Tesla remains optimistic: the construction


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