Tesla 2021 Impact Report

Accelerating Global Transition To Sustainable Energy

It’s no secret that Tesla has brought innovation and disruption to the electric vehicle and solar industry. Their company mission is to lead the world in the transition to sustainable energy, and they hold themselves to a high standard to ensure they excel across every metric. Their 2021 Impact Report outlines the company’s plan to continue maximizing their impact in specific themed areas.

In 2021, the global fleet of Tesla vehicles, energy storage, and solar panels enabled their customers to avoid emitting 8.4 million metric tons of CO2e.


As of the end of 2021, Tesla (including SolarCity prior to its 2016 acquisition by Tesla) has installed almost 4.0 Gigawatts of solar systems and cumulatively generated over 25.0 Terawatt-hours (TWhs) of emissions-free electricity.


Tesla solar panels have generated more electricity than has been consumed by their vehicles and factories between 2012 and 2021.


By 2030, Tesla aims to sell 20 million electric vehicles per year (compared to 0.94 million in 2021) and deploy 1,500 GWh of energy storage per year (compared to 4 GWh in 2021).


If the company were to achieve such a vehicle delivery milestone through a consistent growth rate, the total Tesla vehicle fleet would surpass tens of millions of vehicles by 2030, and each of those vehicles could save tons of CO2e emissions every year of usage.


Tesla assumes that their high-mileage products (such as the future Tesla Robotaxis), will be designed for maximum energy efficiency as handling, acceleration, and top speed become less relevant—minimizing cost and reducing carbon footprint per mile driven.


Every new factory Tesla builds is made to be better and more sustainable than the previous one.


At Gigafactory Texas, the company chose highly efficient, insulated, low emissivity windows to reduce building heating and cooling demand. Waste heat recovery from their compressors alone will offset over 1 MW of natural gas consumption for process heating.


As of the end of 2021, Tesla installed solar panels with a capacity of 21,405 kW, with the vast majority installed on the roofs of Gigafactory Nevada, Gigafactory New York, and their manufacturing facilities in California.


They are leveraging six years of sensor data from Gigafactory Nevada to train an artificial intelligence (AI) program to safely control 195 interconnected HVAC units, accounting for 6 MW of total electrical load.


At Tesla’s 2020 Battery Day, they presented a plan to transition to in-house manufactured 4680 Tesla cells, whose production process can reduce energy consumption by more than 70%.


Tesla has access to primary data from their over two million vehicles on the road and their fleet of solar and storage products—which means they can calculate emissions at a much higher level of accuracy than most manufacturers and can develop emissions reduction solutions to match.


Tesla currently uses less water per vehicle than almost any ICE carmaker, and their factories are setting a new standard of water use per vehicle.


In 2021, the company generated almost $1.5 billion in revenue selling zero-emission regulatory credits to other OEMs. Proceeds from these sales will go towards building new factories to produce EVs that will continue to displace ICE vehicles.


Before decommissioning and recycling a consumer battery pack, Tesla does everything it can to extend the useful life of each pack, including sending out over-the-air software updates to Tesla vehicles to improve battery efficiency.


Every battery used in R&D or returned from the field that cannot be re-manufactured is recycled.


Tesla’s responsible sourcing program is based on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains.

8.4 million

metric tons of CO2e avoided in 2021

70 MWh

of electricity charged per car vs 8,000 gallons of fuel burned per car

We will not be content until all our factories are carbon neutral, and there are other projects that we are working on to further reduce emissions.

Tesla’s products and services are focused on transportation, energy production and storage — each of which have traditionally been some of the biggest polluters both in the U.S. and globally. Sustainability drives everything that Tesla does. The company aims to design and manufacture a complete energy and transportation ecosystem.


Tesla is committed to improving each product they make at each step of its lifecycle: from manufacturing to consumer use to recycling. They also aim to improve every factor, including the energy and water used to make products, the safety of their customers and employees, and the affordability and accessibility of their products.


21,405 kW

capacity of solar panels installed as of the end of 2021

$1.5 billion

in revenue selling zero-emission regulatory credits to other OEMs

We strive to be the best on every metric relevant to our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.