Tesla Model 3 Tracker Hits 20,000 Produced, 5,170 New VINs Registered

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It seems the production pause is behind us and the Tesla Model 3 will continue to reach new milestones now for the foreseeable future.

Just a few weeks ago, we reported that Tesla has registered a record number of VINs with the NHTSA, at 4,793. You’d think that would be plenty for now when considering the recent production stoppage and the fact that the automaker seemed to be hovering around 2,500 or so units a week.

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Just 17 days have passed, and now we see an even larger VIN registration, at 5,170. This puts the highest registered VIN number at 33,466.

According to Bloomberg’s Tesla Model 3 tracker, at the time of this writing, the automaker is cranking out over 2,500 copies a week and has eclipsed the 20,000 mark. Of course, naysayers will continue to report that this is well below “original” targets, as well as targets that were adjusted on at least two other occasions.

This doesn’t change the fact that monumental progress is being made and the Model 3 should remain the best-selling electric car in the U.S. for months or even years to come.

Additi0nally, it appears that CEO Elon Musk’s newest projections, which were gleaned from an email he recently sent employees, may be the closest to reality that we’ve seen yet. The recent shutdown in Fremont and at the Tesla Gigafactory was an effort to make a series of upgrades to boost production.

Following the stoppage, the automaker was to switch to a new 24/7 production schedule. The upgrades, along with the increased hours are aimed at getting production up to the 3,000 to 4,000 per week level in the near future. This would be a stepping stone to at least 5,000 builds a week by the end of June.

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34 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Tracker Hits 20,000 Produced, 5,170 New VINs Registered"

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why do they register such a small number at time? With the backlog, they should just get 50k VINs so they do not have to do it every other week.

The VIN includes information about the drivetrain, so blasting out 50K VINs without knowing what the drivetrain mix is going to be would be counter productive.

thanks. makes sense.

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Think of it as the unofficial leaking of news and updates.

Anecdotal, for sure, but I have started seeing other Model 3s everywhere here in Southern California. Local streets, traveling along the 5, at super chargers….

Ditto, have seen more than a handful Model 3s within the last month throughout OC!

Just started seeing 3’s more than one or two a month in Northern Virginia. I have seen 3 this past week, and just 2 in the month (and a bit) before that.

Saw my first customer registered Model 3 here in New York yesterday. A beautiful vehicle. Let’s hope Musk can keep it going!

Saw one in San Jose, CA with the new RED HOV stickers!

OK trolls – any questions? This must be really irritating for you.


(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I saw a couple of these on the road and a few of them had license plates on the fron’t. Looks like just a bracket that is bolted in place then the plate screws on.
Let me tell you, it’s quite ugly…………LMAO.
Seriously, it looks goofy.

you just hit the most# of downvotes

“the automaker is cranking out over 2,500 copies a week and has eclipsed the 20,000 mark.”

10,000/month in May could put the Model 3 in the top 50 out of 287 car/truck models sold in the US, compared to the latest data we have for 2018:


It will be very interesting to see where the Model 3 lands in May sales. April sales aren’t especially interesting since it is a transitional month with intentional downtime specifically to increase production in the long term. But May will certainly be interesting. If they outsell 200+ ICE cars, better than around 2/3rds the ICE cars on the market, that would be awesome for EV’s!!

And this is with still just the $50K RWD version, before even offering lower priced versions and more purchasing options. A completely brand new $50K car breaking into the top third of all car/truck sales in the first year of production is quite an achievement, even for an ICE car. That it is an EV with only one trim level available would be even more of an achievement.


“10,000/month in May could put the Model 3 in the top 50”

That’s comparing apples to hot dogs. Model 3 is already sold out for many years (or decade) while other cars are typically in dealership with one or two in stock somewhere and almost never totally sold out. If you’re making comparison, do it with cars that are completely sold out, current or in history. AFAIK, Tesla 3 is the best selling car in history, PERIOD!

“best selling” kind of implies that the car has actually been sold, not reserved with a refundable deposit.
The 3 is going to sell better (in the US and probably in Europe) than any BEV has ever sold before, but lets not get ahead of ourselves.

Not sure the March 2018 YTD chart on that link is accurate or up to date. It shows Model 3 with YTD of 3,000. InsideEV “MONTHLY PLUG-IN SALES SCORECARD” shows 8,180.

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GoodCarBadCar is very conservative about their Tesla sales numbers. Insideev’s is always way more accurate. But their ICE car numbers are very solid.

I happened to drive by a Tesla location on my way to get some Thai food on Saturday night. I saw a few dozen M3’s there for customer delivery. Most looked like they had just been unloaded from a truck. Went back for more Thai food last night, and almost every single one was gone.

Yep they sell like a hot cakes. Sorry Trolls go back to the election business.

Is that top picture from the Model 3 production line? That is a lot of “junks” in the frunk there…

Hey Steven,
I’m not able to load any comments today from any of the threads onto my Samsung Android phone.
I don’t know if this is a known issue?

And BTW, I’m seeing new Model 3s with paper registrations everyday now.

There is a comment bug on mobile. The developers are working on it. It’s fine on desktop. Sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully, it’s worked out soon. Thank you!


Thanks Steven!

Go Tesla!
🙂 🙂 🙂

Due to the factory shutdown, they are more likely at around 17,500 produced.

That very well may be true. The system that Bloomberg uses does a poor job of accounting for short term production changes, and tends to be more accurate over the long term, on a quarterly basis vs. week to week or even monthly numbers.

The bloomberg tracker is uselsss. It didn’t show a big ZERO for the February shutdown week. It didn’t show a ZERO for last week. It predicted over 3000/week but Tesla just announced they never reached 2500 week. I think it was about 2200/week max.

So the tracker is just something to keep the foolish fanboys going gaga and getting their clicks/eyeballs. Nothing more.

Those flaws are all very correct. And yet they nailed the quarterly results anyways.

Their data model has a feature/flaw that it simply doesn’t work at all for predicting weekly numbers with any accuracy. But their system is also self-correcting, so weeks that they estimate way to high or too low even out over time. Like over about a quarter. So the fact that they over count 3K on week an undercount other weeks (like earlier this year) has evened out so far.

They basically have a feedback-loop in their system that means when they over-predict one week, it will automatically push down the numbers in later weeks, and vice-versa. They will probably be wrong on weekly numbers nearly all the time. And yet if you only care about quarterly numbers just before Tesla announces the official numbers, the Bloomberg numbers have performed well so far.

Keep the quality up.

One of those is mine.

Do they give you a VIN number you can track?