FILE PHOTO: Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk speaks on stage during a delivery event for Tesla’s China-made Model 3 cars at its factory in Shanghai, China, January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo
(Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk said in a podcast released on Friday that demand for the company’s electric vehicles remained strong throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with consumers preferring to shop online.
Musk, talking to Automotive News’ Daily Drive podcast, said having a traditional dealer network – something he considered in the past – appears increasingly unnecessary.
“We saw strong orders through the whole pandemic, we still had a good order volume,” Musk said. “I guess people are less inclined to want to go to a dealership, do the test drive and hang out in the lobby and that kind of thing.”
Asked about a 2020 meteoric stock rally that has pushed Tesla