2020, however dramatic, has not brought bad news for everyone. Certainly not for Elon Musk, the volcanic and unpredictable entrepreneur pioneer of electric mobility and space travel, who closes the year with a historic result for his Tesla: 499,550 electric cars sold in 12 months (and 509,737 produced), for an increase of 35.8 percent compared to 2019.

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Tesla record: almost 500 thousand electric cars sold in 2020

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Critics at all costs argue that 450 cars still to be sold are missing to reach the target, equal to 500 thousand units sold in 2020, which the tycoon himself had set in the now distant 2014. But the pure and simple truth that, during the year worst ever for the car market, where between pandemic and lockdown only in Italy sales have suffered a total decline of 27, 93%, Tesla has done better than ever, inaugurating a new growth season.

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The Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S

A result that seems to amaze pleasantly Musk himself, who in fact recalled in a tweet that he had started this adventure (in 2003) giving himself no more than 10% chance of success at the time, and who also confirms the global growth trend of the electrified vehicle market.

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The Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3

This is also evident in Italy, where in 2020 a + 251.5% was recorded compared to 2019, with 59,875 electric and hybrid cars sold (Motus-E data) from January to December (thanks obviously also and above all to state incentives).

The Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X

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Tesla’s latest performance, which already in March had passed the important milestone of one million cars produced, therefore seems to consign to history the production problems and related delays that had marred the introduction of the Model 3, the car born for the masses because it is less luxurious and less expensive than the Model S and Model X (sold in only 54,805 units in 2020). indeed, thanks to it and to the new Model Y, whose production began in 2020, the Musk company was able to record the sales record.

Finally, one wonders what is Tim Cook, CEO of Apple thinking now, finding himself in front of Tesla data: in fact, when there is again talk of an electric car produced by the Cupertino company (perhaps debuting in 2024), Musk himself did not lose the opportunity to reveal that, in the most difficult moment of his company, he had asked and never obtained a meeting with Cook to try to sell him everything for a tenth of its value. Lost opportunity or narrow escape?

January 5, 2021 (change January 5, 2021 | 14:37)

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