ELECTRIC CARS IN DEMAND: Despite ongoing scandal regarding its 'autopilot mode', Tesla's electric vehicles remain popular. Image: AP / Michael Probst
New York - Electric automaker Tesla says global deliveries of its cars more than doubled in the third quarter to 24 500 compared to a year ago.
The company said about 15 800 Model S sedans and 8 700 Model X SUVs were delivered to customers in the latest quarter.
In addition, about 5500 vehicles were in transit to customers, but they won't be counted as deliveries until the fourth quarter.
Rocky couple of months
The announcement was encouraging for the Palo Alto, California-based company, which has had a rocky couple of months.
Tesla suffered a larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter.
And, in June, the government began investigating Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot system after a driver using the system died in a Florida crash. Tesla said it was making major improvements to its Autopilot system.