Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently posted a response to US veteran automaker General Motors’ total sales of electric vehicles during the fourth quarter of 2021. According to the Tesla CEO, GM’s Q4 2021 numbers definitely have “room to improve”, which is quite understatement given the sales figures posted by the Detroit-based automaker.
As noted by General Motors, the company sold a total of twenty-six electric vehicles in the fourth quarter. Not twenty-six thousand. Just twenty-six. These consisted of twenty-five Chevy Bolts and a Hummer EV pickup. This was quite interesting considering that GM made it a point to announce last month that Hummer EV customer deliveries have already started.
The first 2022 GMC HUMMER EV pickups have been produced at Factory ZERO, and customer deliveries will now begin. The revolutionary GMC supercar represents the first of many Ultium-based consumer vehicles to be produced as part of General Motors̵[ads1]7; vision for an all-electric future , GM said in a press release last month.
While it’s no surprise that GM’s EV sales figures hit the fourth quarter of 2021 due to Bolt’s ongoing recall and the vehicle’s outage, the only Hummer EV sales were still quite surprising. After all, GM noticed after the unveiling of the all-electric pickup that reservations for the Hummer EV Edition 1 were sold out in a few minutes. It is then quite interesting that several customers who ordered Edition 1 during Hummer EV’s launch day chose not to accept delivery during the last weeks of December.
While Elon Musk’s Twitter post about GM’s sales figures can be seen as a rather rude response to the veteran car manufacturer’s Q4 2021 EV sales results, the Tesla boss comes from a place of experience. Tesla, after all, is without a doubt the only company in the United States that has successfully ramped up and mass-produced a premium electric vehicle. And it did not succeed without any challenges. Musk would be the first to admit that increasing production of the Model 3 was something that almost took the life of the company.
General Motors’ results for the fourth quarter of 2021 are definitely disappointing, and it is quite ironic considering that the company is strongly promoted by the White House as a leader in the electric car market. During a speech at the opening of GM’s Factory Zero, for example, US President Joe Biden patted the back of GM chief Mary Barra, crediting her for leading the EV revolution. “You changed the whole story, Mary. You did, Mary. You electrified the entire automotive industry. I’m serious. You led, and that means something, “Biden remarked.
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