Tesla Motors achieved more than 10,000 electric vehicle (EV) global sales in the first quarter of 2015, marking a 55% rise on the same period last year.
The update, announced by Tesla, came unexpectedly; the company said the report was given in order to avoid “inaccurate sources of information [that] are sometimes used by others to project the number of vehicle deliveries”.
The EV manufacturer says it will continue to publish the number of deliveries within three days of the end of the quarter.
Despite this record-breaking start, Tesla’s sales must improve if it is to hit its 2015 target of 55,000 sales. Based on the 10,030 sold in the 1st quarter this, the company would need to sell 15,000 EVs in each of the remaining quarter to achieve Musk’s ambitious targets.
The Model X is due to go on sale later on this year, broadening Tesla’s range beyond the Roadster and Model S, and should help increase the company’s overall sales.