The electric car manufacturer Tesla was able to double sales in the spring of 2021 relative to the same period a year earlier and circumvent one of the main problems of the global economy, The New York Times newspaper writes.
The global shortage of chips, which severely affected car manufacturers around the world, did not prevent Tesla from selling more than 201 thousand electric cars in the second quarter of 2021 — twice as many as in 2020.
According to the company’s representatives, in order to achieve this, “ employees needed to make tremendous efforts to overcome problems in the global supply chain and logistics.”
Ford Motor, on the contrary, has suffered greatly from the global shortage of chips. In the spring of 2021, it sold only nine percent more cars in the United States than in the spring of last year at the height of the pandemic. One of the main reasons was a fire in March at a Japanese chip factory, on which the company depended.
However, even Tesla felt a shortage of chips. Recently, the company removed the adjustable lower back support in the passenger seat and the radar sensor from the Autopilot driver assistance system from the vehicles.