Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S sales just recently surpassed 100,000 units in the U.S. alone, but how does that figure stack up against some of the other long-standing, top-selling plug-ins in America?

Let's take a look.

Friend of InsideEVs.com, Mark Looper, recently Tweeted us the following:

Model S Sales OUtpace Volt And LEAF To First 100,000 In U.S.

Model S Sales OUtpace Volt And LEAF To First 100,000 In U.S.

We decided it was worth a deeper dive. Turning to the InsideEVs scorecard, we discovered that the numbers match Looper's claim.

Here's the rundown:

  • Tesla Model S - estimated at 99,932 units sold in the U.S. through the end of May 2017, which was month 65 on the U.S. market. Given the slight variance one needs to allow for in the estimation vs actual, the Model S sales surpassed the 100,000 mark in the U.S. late in month 65 or early in month 66 (June 2017).
  • Chevy Volt  - 100,964 units sold in the U.S. through the end of July 2016. Month 68 on the U.S. market.
  • Nissan LEAF - 100,241 units sold in the U.S. through the end of October 2016. Month 71 on the U.S. market.
Indeed, the Model S was the quickest to 100,000 sold then. In fact, no other plug-in has hit 100,000 units sold in the U.S. quicker than the Model S. Quite an amazing feat for a car that costs two to three times some of the other vehicles in the plug-in segment.

We fully believe that the upcoming Tesla Model 3 will knock the S from the top spot in this quickest-to-100,000-sold category, but Tesla's okay with that, we assume. What's your guess as to how many months after launch before 100,000 Model 3s have been sold in the U.S.?