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Tesla Races Against the Clock to Hit Record Deliveries Before the New Year

  • Analysts estimate automaker will top third quarter’s 241,300
  • Final quarter caps year after hitting $1 trillion milestone
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Tesla Inc. and Elon Musk may have extra to celebrate for New Year’s Eve tonight as workers push toward record quarterly deliveries in the waning hours of 2021, capping a remarkable year in which the electric-car company’s market value zoomed past $1 trillion. 

Deliveries are one of the most closely watched metrics at Tesla: They underpin the company’s financial results and are widely seen as a barometer of consumer demand for electric vehicles amid a global shift away from the internal combustion engine. Being at the forefront of that wave helped make Musk, Tesla’s chief executive officer, the world’s richest person this year, with a fortune of about $273 billion.