Tesla Stock Falls Further On Disappointing 2022 Delivery Report and a Korean Investigation

Tesla is starting 2023 the same way it ended 2022—with shares in free fall.

Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory
A Covid outbreak in China in December 2022 caused a production halt at Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory. Xiaolu Chu/Getty Images

Tesla shares tumbled more than 10 percent on the first trading day of 2023 following news the company delivered fewer electric vehicles in 2022 than expected, adding to already heightened worries the Elon Musk-led carmaker face weakening demand. Adding to its trouble is a claim by South Korea’s antitrust regulators today (Jan. 3) accusing Tesla of exaggerating its cars’ driving ranges in low temperatures.

Tesla reported on Jan. 2 it delivered 1.31 million electric vehicles globally last year, representing a record 40 percent jump from 2021 but missing its own target of 50 percent growth. Its delivery number in the last three months of 2022 also missed analysts’ expectation by about 5 percent.

The final quarter of 2022 was a challenging period for Tesla. Multiple Tesla shareholders expressed concerns over Musk’s distraction as the new owner of Twitter and urged him to shift his focus back to Tesla or step down as CEO. 

On the operation side, a sudden Covid outbreak in China in December forced Tesla to temporarily halt production at its Shanghai Gigafactory. However, Tesla made more vehicles than what it delivered in both the fourth quarter and the full year, suggesting production challenges weren’t the main issue at play.

Tesla’s stock price fell nearly 70 percent in 2022, erasing more than $100 billion in CEO Musk’s net worth. Tesla Stock Falls Further On Disappointing 2022 Delivery Report and a Korean Investigation