The Tesla Model 3 will become the best-selling electric car in history
Today, the world's best-selling electric car is still not a Tesla. It's the Nissan Leaf, which has held that title by being sold since its launch ten years ago in 2010. But the queen won't hold on to its crown for much longer as the Tesla Model 3 is about to overtake it and become the best-selling electric car of all time.
That could even happen in the next few weeks. As early as March 2019, Nissan announced that the Leaf has reached 400,000 sales. Towards the end of the year, InsideEVs said that sales of the Nissan Leaf reached 450,000 units. Tesla, meanwhile, sold 300,000 units of the Model 3 in 2019 and about 448,000 units since its launch.
That's an impressive increase. In 2017, only 1,764 Model 3s were sold. This figure rose to 146,055 in 2018. At this rate, Tesla is in a position to easily outpace Nissan Leaf sales as early as the first quarter of 2020. And by the end of the first quarter of 2020, the Model 3 may well be the first electric car to exceed 500,000 sales.
Since 2008, Tesla has sold more than 900,000 electric cars worldwide. That leaves only 100,000 sales left for Tesla to become the first automaker to sell a million electric cars. And the year 2020 will contribute to this with the launch of the Model Y, Semi and Plaid versions of the Model S and Model X.
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