This nifty graphic shows that Tesla sales are actually still ahead of the Ford Model T on a years-after-launch basis.
Tesla Model 3 Spy Photo
Visual Capitalist recently released a graphic showing how Tesla sales track early Ford Model T production.
As you can see, Tesla is still slightly outpacing the Model T, though 2017 may well be the year that the Model T jumps out in front.
As Visual Capitalist notes:
"When automobiles first debuted in the United States, they faced a classic “chicken and egg” problem. On one hand, autos were custom-made luxury items, affordable only to a niche market of affluent individuals. On the other hand, there was little incentive for most people to buy automobiles in the first place, as the system of roads in America was woefully underdeveloped."
"Henry Ford managed to solve the “chicken and egg” problem with the Model T, the first product of its kind to reach the mass market. But today, there’s also another auto industry visionary facing a similar challenge in the 21st century: Elon Musk and his company, Tesla."
It remains to be seen if the Tesla Model 3 will be the raging success that Tesla predicts, but if it is, then it could well be as revolutionary as the Ford Model T.
Tesla is getting the charging infrastructure in place to support mass adoption of the Model 3, but sales have yet to begin, so we can't quite say that Tesla has cracked out of the niche and into the mass market just yet.
Source: Visual Capitalist