Tesla zooms past $700 billion in market value after nearly hitting 500,000 deliveries in 2020

Elon Musk
Elon Musk.
  • Tesla stock climbed as much as 5% to a fresh high on Monday, boosting the electric-car company's market capitalization to north of $700 billion.
  • Elon Musk's automaker exceeded its production target of 500,000 vehicles last year, and fell just short of 500,000 deliveries.
  • "So proud of the Tesla team for achieving this major milestone!" Musk tweeted about the news.
  • Tesla's stock price soared by more than 740% in 2020.
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Tesla shares jumped as much as 5% to a record high on Monday after the automaker revealed it delivered about 500,000 vehicles to customers last year. The stock-price surge added up to $36 billion to the automaker's market capitalization, lifting it past $700 billion for the first time.

Elon Musk's electric-car company recorded 499,550 deliveries in 2020 - 450 short of its target. However, Tesla said its delivery figures tend to be "slightly conservative" and the final number could vary by 0.5% or more. Therefore, Musk and his team counted the performance as achieving their goal.

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"So proud of the Tesla team for achieving this major milestone!" Musk tweeted. "At the start of Tesla, I thought we had (optimistically) a 10% chance of surviving at all."

Tesla hustled to hit its numbers last quarter. Its deliveries stood at about 318,000 at the end of September, meaning it had to deliver a demanding 180,000 vehicles in the fourth quarter.

Musk's company also achieved its production target. It manufactured about 509,000 vehicles in 2020, exceeding its goal of 500,000.

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Tesla's stock price skyrocketed by about 740% last year, boosting its market cap to north of $600 billion. Here's a chart showing its remarkable rally:

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