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How Many Tesla Cars Have Been Sold? | Model 3/Y Sales By Year

Tesla has sold approximately 3,233,623 electric cars as of October 2022. This figure is based on Tesla’s sales information, including 2,500 Roadsters ever built and sold.

Bilal Akgunduz

July 23, 2022 2:25 PM
Last Update: October 3, 2022 9:40 AM
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Tesla is the world’s first lithium-ion battery electric vehicle manufacturer. Elon Musk’s company revolutionized the automotive industry and revived electric cars once and for all. Today, the American carmaker has four gigafactories building fully electric vehicles on three continents and selling Tesla cars all around the world.

As of October 2022, Tesla has sold 3,233,623 electric vehicles. It first started in 2008 with the Lotus Elise-based electric sports car Tesla Roadster. Texas-based marque’s first purely electric model was Tesla Model S, which was launched in 2012. The high-end electric SUV Model X followed its sibling in 2015 when the first deliveries were made. In 2017, Tesla finally bring its relatively affordable EV called Model 3 into the market. After getting out of production hell alive, Tesla has steadily increased its capacity through more than one million EVs per year.

Tesla EV Sales By Year

Year Total Sales Vehicle Models Sold
2008 ~100 Roadster
2009 ~900 Roadster
2010 ~400 Roadster
2011 774 Roadster
2012 3,000 Roadster, Model S
2013 22,477 Model S
2014 31,655 Model S
2015 50,658 Model S, Model X (Q4 ’15)
2016 76,285 Model S, Model X
2017 103,181 Model S/X, Model 3 (Q3 ’17)
2018 245,506 Model S/X, Model 3
2019 354,245 Model S/X, Model 3
2020 499,647 Model S/X, Model 3/Y
2021 936,222 Model S/X, Model 3/Y
2022 908,573* Model S/X, Model 3/Y

*This figure only includes sales made in the first three quarters of 2022. It will be updated once Tesla publishes the sales info for the rest of the year.

Tesla launched its first vehicle in 2008. It only produced around 2,500 electric roadsters. In 2012, its first purely electric model went on sale: Tesla Model S. The electric sedan has been on sale ever since. Then, Tesla’s luxury SUV, Model X was launched in 2015.

When Tesla first started selling the mid-range electric sedan Model 3 in 2017, it needed a tremendous amount of effort to increase its production rate. After all, the Model 3 was the first vehicle that Tesla built at a rate similar to mainstream vehicles. Soon after solving its production problems, Tesla ramped up its annual sales to almost 250K in 2018. This figure was doubled in 2020, thanks to the more popular SUV version of the Model 3. It is estimated that Tesla will reach 1M in vehicle sales in 2022.

Tesla Cars’ Launch Date, Production Places

Vehicle Model Launch Date Production Years Production Place
Tesla Roadster February 1, 2008 2008-2012 Hethel, UK & Menlo Park, CA
Tesla Model S June 22, 2012 2012- Fremont, CA
Tesla Model X Sept. 29, 2015 2015- Fremont, CA
Tesla Model 3 July 7, 2017 2017- Fremont, CA & Giga Texas & Giga Shanghai
Tesla Model Y March 13, 2020 2020- Fremont, CA & Giga Texas & Giga Berlin & Giga Shanghai
Tesla Roadster 2nd Gen 2023 (TBA) 2023 Fremont, CA
Tesla Semi 2023 (TBA) 2023 Giga Texas
Tesla Cybertruck Late 2023 (TBA) 2023- Giga Texas
Tesla Model 2 TBA 2024- Giga Shanghai

Tesla was building its first EV both in UK and US. European models were produced in Hethel, UK. American models were built in the US and Tesla used body and chassis parts exported by Lotus. In 2012, Tesla has finally started production at the Fremont factory it was purchased in 2010. This plant was first opened by General Motors in 1962. Today, this half-a-century-old factory produces all four models Tesla is currently offering.

In 2019, Tesla opened its first foreign car factory, the Chinese manufacturing facility in Shanghai. It has become the largest production site Tesla owns, as of today. Giga Shanghai produced around 473K vehicles in 2021, according to analysts. Today, Tesla has been building electric vehicles at four different locations: Fremont Factory, Giga Shanghai, Giga Berlin, and Giga Texas. Berlin and Texas factories started their operation in early 2022. Shanghai and Texas will be responsible for the production of future models such as Cybertruck, affordable Model 2, and the long-waited electric truck called Tesla Semi.

How Many Tesla Model 3/Y Sold?

Vehicle 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Tesla Model 3 1,764 146,055 300,885 —- —- —-
Tesla Model 3/Y —- —- 442,562 911,531 859,015*

*The last quarter sales in 2022 hasn’t announced yet.

Model 3 is what makes Tesla the global EV juggernaut today. It is reasonably priced. it has impressive specs, both performance, and range-wise. Model 3 made it into the best-selling EVs list in almost every country it had launched. Tesla sold only 1,764 Model 3s in the first year. In 2018, Model 3’s production dramatically ramped up, and sales figures quickly jumped to 146,055. Texas-based doubled its Model 3 sales a year after that to 300,885.

Then, Tesla’s mid-size electric SUV Model Y came in. Since its launch in 2020, Model Y has been holding the best-selling electric SUV title in the world. It recently surpassed its sibling Model 3 to become the most popular Tesla car on sale. Tesla has been sharing a combined sales figure for Model Y and Model 3, so there is no way to answer the question of exactly how many Model Ys have been sold. But it is estimated that Model Y reached the 500,000 sales milestone in Q1 2022. As of this year, Tesla has been building Model Ys in every car plant it has operated. Giga Berlin and Giga Texas are only producing Model Ys, and yet Tesla cannot keep up with the high demand.

Model S/X Sales and Production

Vehicle 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Tesla Model S 2,650 22,477 31,655 —- —- —- —- —- —- —-
Tesla Model S/X —- —- 50,658 76,285 101,417 99,451 66,780 57,085 24,980 49,558*

*The last quarter sales in 2022 hasn’t announced yet.

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