Tesla Model 3 sales soared to new, record-shattering heights.

Never before has a single plug-in electric car sold at this high level of volume in a single month.

The big Tesla Model 3 push was definitely on as Q4 came to an end.

In both May and June, Tesla Model 3 sales exceeded 6,000 units, but that’s tiny compared to the explosion of sales in July, which amounted to 14,250. Then, in August, sales shot up to 17,800. Then, September closed out Q3 with a real blast as sales hit 22,250 units.

Q4 started out predictably softer with Tesla Model 3 sales at 17,750 in the U.S. in October. For November, InsideEVs estimates Tesla sold 18,650 Model 3 in the U.S.

Well, now it's end-of-quarter reporting time so we return back to a sales explosion. InsideEVs estimates that Tesla sold an astounding 25,250 Model 3 in December 2018 (*this figure doesn’t include Canada). That's a new all-time high for the Model 3 and the single highest monthly figure for a plug-in electric car ever. Let that sink in for a moment...

Year-Over-Year

If we look at year-over-year for the Model 3, the gains are ridiculous. In December 2017, Tesla sold 1,060 Model 3. Compare that to last month’s 25,250 and you’ll notice there’s more than just a wee bit of growth there. In fact, it may be the highest YoY growth of any major seller in the U.S. market.

The YTD tally is in now too for the Model 3. That figure for all of 2018 checks in at stands at 139,782. Cumulative sales now stand at 141,546, which is way higher than all of the plug-in vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2015.

The highest previous volume of sales ever for an electric car in a single year was back in 2014 when LEAF sales hit 30,200, so the Model 3 obliterated that record and almost matched that number in a single month.

Moving on to the Tesla Model S and Model X

For December, we estimate the following for U.S. sales of these two Teslas:

  • Tesla Model S – 3,250
  • Tesla Model X – 4,100

More Model S & X sales info for December here

Automotive Group 2018 Yearly Sales

Tesla easily grabs the YTD win. Our tally puts the automaker at a combined total of 191,627 sold (Model 3, S & X) in the U.S. for all of 2018. We need not even list any other automaker here, as none were even close. That figure is well over 50% of the U.S. plug-in electric car market for the year. Even more impressive, Tesla likely accounts for over 2/3 of the revenue for EVs in the U.S. last year.