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Tesla's record-high sales of carbon credits fuel financial growth

Tesla Inc. has once again showcased its financial prowess, this time through its lucrative carbon credit (carbon unit) sales, which amounted to a staggering $1.79 billion in the past year. The company's latest financial disclosures reveal that since 2009, Tesla has raked in nearly $9 billion from the sale of these credits, underscoring its significant impact on the automotive sector's push towards sustainability.

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These earnings stem from Tesla's role in the carbon credit market, where it sells regulatory credits to other automakers struggling to comply with stringent emission standards in key markets like the US, Europe, and China. This business model has proven exceptionally profitable for Tesla, with minimal costs associated with generating these credits.

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Despite a slight year-over-year decrease in quarterly revenue from carbon credit sales, dropping 7% to $433 million in the fourth quarter, Tesla's annual sales in 2023 edged up, setting a new record. This performance contradicts earlier predictions that income from carbon credits would dwindle as more companies enter the electric vehicle (EV) market.

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Tesla's financial health is strengthened by carbon credit sales, contributing significantly to its overall gross margin. While automotive revenues saw a modest increase, missing analysts' estimates, Tesla's commitment to clean energy and its burgeoning energy generation and storage business continue to attract attention.

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Amid this success, the global automotive landscape is shifting. Tesla faces increased competition, particularly from Chinese automaker BYD, which has surged ahead in EV sales. However, Tesla's all-electric production remains impressive, underscoring its leadership in the sector.

Furthermore, as global and regional emissions regulations tighten, Tesla's innovative approach to sustainable transportation positions it well for future growth. The company's ability to capitalise on carbon credit sales, alongside its investment in clean energy, ensures its continued relevance and leadership in the evolving automotive industry.

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