It delivered its first model 3 to a customer in China Friday, weeks before the plan. A ceremony was held for delivery in Beijing.
For a company known for missing target dates and deadlines, it was somewhat remarkable to do something ahead of schedule.
Despite Friday's success, the rest of the week has been much tougher for Tesla.
] Misstated financials: Earlier this week, CEO Elon Musk was back to making bold predictions that may prove difficult to achieve. Tuesday afternoon, Musk claimed Twitter, he had to go back in hours.
"Tesla made 0 cars in 2011, but will make around 500K in 2019," he spoke. It turned out to be a significant increase from the company's stated position that it would produce 360,000 to 400,000 cars this year.
Within hours, Musk was getting ready – again via Twitter – that he had intended to say annual production rate in the end of 2019 probably around 500k, that is, 10k cars / week. Deliveries this year are still estimated to be about 400k. "
At the turn of the year, he said the cars could find their passengers in a parking lot, pick them up and deliver them to their destination without interference by the driver. But by the end of next year he said that a "driver" could take a nap while the car was driving itself.
He added that he did not believe that regulators would allow Tesla to turn on all these features to allow self-driving tours by the end of next year.
Some experts questioned his claims about where Tesla stands with its self-propelled technology, said Shaun Kildare, research director for highway and auto safety lawyers, that such Tesla's ability to do so was "very optimistic".