The company's year-end report comes after the company delivered a record number of cars in the fourth quarter. Tesla sent out 308,600 vehicles last quarter, up from 180,570 in the last quarter of 2020.
As Tesla and other automakers deal with high shipping costs and parts shortages, Elon Musk had told employees not to rush orders ahead of the end of the year crush, and instead focus on reducing the cost of car deliveries. But even with issues including a chip shortage, the company said in October that it hoped to increase deliveries by about 50% every year. That same month, Tesla reached another milestone by becoming a $1 trillion company.
Despite its recent success, Tesla is recalling close to half a million cars in the U.S. — about the same number of cars it shipped in all of 2020. The recall comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration looked into Tesla's Passenger Play feature that allows people to play games on a touch-screen device in some Tesla models.