The Tesla Model 3 topped the rankings of estimated electric vehicle sales in the United States in the year so far, with approximately 4,360 units of the mass market compact electric sedan making their way to buyers from January to February. With these figures, the Model 3 has overtaken its siblings, the Model S and X, direct competitors such as the Chevy Bolt EV, and even mainstays such as the Toyota Prius Prime.
It is no secret that the Model 3’s production has seen several delays. Over the past couple of quarters, Tesla has fallen short of its Model 3 guidance, with the carmaker delivering only 1,770 units of the electric car to customers by the end of 2017. The California-based firm also stated that it was able to achieve a production rate of 1,000 units per week by the end of December.
As noted in InsideEVs’ sales scorecard for January and February, Model 3 saw an uptick in the number of vehicles deliveries since the year began, with the publication stating that approximately 1,875 Model 3 were delivered in January and 2,485 Model 3 were delivered in February 2018.
These figures, while still seemingly behind Tesla’s own estimates (Tesla expects a production rate of 2,500 Model 3 per week by the end of March), still translate to the Model 3 being the best-selling electric car in the United States in the year so far. Its closest competitor, the Toyota Prius Prime, sold 3,546 units from January to February, roughly 20% less than the 4,360 Model 3 that were sold during the same period.
In comparison, the EV-based publication tracked 1,925 Model S and 1,575 Model X that were sold during the first two months of 2018. The Chevy Bolt EV, widely seen as the Model 3’s closest competitor in terms of features and price, sold 2,601 units from January to February.
Considering that Tesla does not issue monthly sales reports for its vehicles, InsideEVs came up with its estimated January Model 3 sales by taking the 860 units in transit at the end of December and adding the estimated ~500 Model 3 that were manufactured in each of the first two weeks of January, which the publication believes were successfully delivered by the end of the month. For February, an uptick in Model 3 deliveries was considered, with some units manufactured at the beginning of the month being delivered to their owners by February 28.
Despite the delays in its production, the Tesla Model 3 appears to be a key vehicle in electric car sales this 2018. As could be seen in the delivery estimates for the mass market electric car, the Model 3’s sales are only limited by the number of vehicles that Tesla can produce. With Tesla settling into its pace with the Model 3 manufacturing, the car’s dominance in the electric car market would likely be undeniable.
As we noted in a previous report, Tesla seems to be preparing for the rollout of AWD variants of the Model 3. Just last week, a dual-motor Model 3 was spotted in the wild, with the car carrying a VIN ending in 8370.