Tesla Shows Strength with Online Car Shoppers
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Tesla Shows Strength with Online Car Shoppers

by Jim Corridore , Senior Analyst 2 Min.
April 21, 2022 | Updated July 10, 2022

Tesla, the world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer, is well positioned to capitalize on trends like spiking gas prices in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war, not to mention general growth in interest in sustainability and electrification.

Similarweb estimates provide a unique look into the Tesla sales funnel across each car brand. The data shows strong traffic to Tesla’s sales checkout webpage, which is a strong indicator of future sales.

Key Metrics

  • Similarweb data shows Q1 conversion in the United States is up 82% vs. the prior year (excluding Cybertruck), but down 11% vs. 2020’s Q4
  • March 2022 conversion was particularly strong, up 107% over February 2022, likely spurred by rising gas prices across the U.S. and increased interest in EVs overall
  • Tesla reported better than expected revenues and EPS on Apr 20, 2022

Similarweb’s estimates on Tesla conversions ahead of its Q1 earnings report on April 20th appear very strong on a year-over-year (YoY) basis.

Against a backdrop of already reported Q1 deliveries, which were up 68% YoY, and up less than 1% over Q4, conversion trends look similar. Using U.S. desktop data, conversions of all models (except Cybertruck) were up 82% YoY. However, they were down 11% versus Q4.

We exclude Cybertruck, the electric pickup truck Tesla is developing, due to the absurdly low $100 deposit to reserve a truck, which we do not think is indicative of real demand. Also, the timing of delivery of the Cybertruck is nebulous and continually shifting.

Traffic to Tesla’s Landing Page Jumps With Fuel Prices

The spike in visits to Tesla’s homepage, tesla.com, has coincided with the initial spike in fuel prices. Looking at data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, gas prices first started to spike the week of March 7, averaging $3.71 a gallon, up from $2.86 the prior week. The price increases have continued since that time, with the most recent gas prices for the week of April 4-8 averaging $3.81.

We took a look at Tesla’s daily website traffic since March 7, which was the week gas prices spiked 32%. Although prices have declined somewhat since then, traffic has remained elevated. Assuming steady conversion rates (which is not a given), increased visits should drive higher sales over time. See the chart below on weekly web traffic for Q1 2022.

Chart of monthly visits to the Tesla website

Monthly visits to the Tesla website

Conclusion

First-quarter conversion data looks strong for Tesla in comparison to the prior year but weakened against Q4 of last year. For more detail, including a discussion of Tesla’s supply chain problems, download the full report.

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