Tesla Model S Fleet Passes 1 Billion Miles Driven – Video


Tesla Model S - Road To One Billion Miles

Tesla Model S – Road To One Billion Miles

Early this morning, Tesla Motors announced that their Model S fleet had passed the 1 billion miles driven mark, truly an accomplishment worth noting, as all the miles logged by Tesla have been fully electric.

The company has now sold about 75,000 copies of the Model S since it first arrived in the US in June of 2012, so as the chart (above) demonstrates, the miles are really starting to pile up fast.

Tesla Model S Miles Driven By Region

Tesla Model S Miles Driven By Region

Tesla Motor’s statement on the milestone:

“Tesla, the California-based maker of the award-winning Model S electric sedan, announced its total vehicle fleet worldwide have driven over a billion miles. In just the three years since Model S hit the road, owners have traveled the equivalent of over 4,000 trips to the moon, or almost 40,000 times around the Earth. Driving electric miles, Tesla owners have saved more than half a million tons of CO2 and, by skipping trips to the gas station, they’ve saved more than $175 million in fill ups.

A billion miles on a fleet of just under 75,000 Model S is a testament to the safety and durability of Model S and the ease of charging and driving electric vehicles. Customers who helped log a billion driving miles did so emission-free and most often relied on the ease of charging at home or along Tesla’s Supercharger network. Since the launch of Model S in 2012, Tesla has created a charging network spanning North America, Europe and Asia that now consists of 445 Supercharger stations and thousands of Destination Charging locations, enabling fast and free long distance charging.

Tesla Model S Cost Comparison

Tesla Model S Cost Comparison

Most importantly, Model S owners can be confident that they are driving the safest car on the road thanks to Tesla’s Autopilot capabilities, eight airbags, a low center of gravity and 5-star rating in all categories by NHTSA,

Tesla will kick off this fleet milestone with the launch of the Summer Test Drive Tour which will travel around North America, Europe, and Asia offering customers the opportunity to experience the exhilarating performance and handling of Model S.”

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23 responses to "Tesla Model S Fleet Passes 1 Billion Miles Driven – Video"
  1. V. Bowman says:

    Really impressive considering a 3 year release span!

    1. jmollard says:

      Congrats Tesla (and for us all), saving over $200 million in fuel and a half million tons in emissions with only 75,000 cars sold. Imagine what a million can do by 2020…

  2. pk says:

    How does Tesla figure a fuel stop costs $591?

    1. AddLightness says:

      It’s actually $59.10. There’s a zero missing in the figure in the picture.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Yupe, looks like they Tesla just send us a slide with a zero missing.


        1. sven says:

          You would think that after yesterday’s brouhaha over slides, Tesla would have started double checking it’s slides for accuracy and typos. 😉

      2. sven says:

        Is 3,300,000 the number of Supercharger fillups only? I don’t think so (1B miles / 3,300,000 = 303 mile per fillup.) It appears to include charging at home, work, and pay chargers. This makes the $0 total fueling cost wrong, since you have to pay for electricity/charging at some or all of these places.

        1. Mark Hanson says:

          I believe that the “fill ups” is Tesla’s estimate of the number of gasoline fill ups avoided.

  3. M Hovis says:

    Truly impressive. I don’t know the total PEV miles but it has to be somewhere between 3-5 billion miles.

    As for Tesla, it is worth rubbing the frantic fire scare in the face of the media (you know who you are and who is paying for your broadcast). For all those who made an analysis of how Tesla was more of a fire hazard, let’s review.

    In 2010, there were 90 fires per billion miles on US roads. 30 fires from collision and 60 from the inherently inferior design of the internal combustion engine. How many does Tesla have straight out of the gate in their first billion miles? Three. All of which happened back-to-back over several weeks which I point out the statistical unlikeliness. Tesla responded rapidly by adding an armor plate to which the count has been zero ever since.

    So to be fair and biased, I mean balanced, you would think this would be reported. The truth is, if the ICE came out today, it would be removed from the market for its inherent safety and environmental issues.

    Good on ya Tesla….

  4. Wraithnot says:

    I’m doing my part- I bought an 85 kWh Model S in March 2013 and it now has 56,479 miles On the odometer. I’m planning to keep the car at least until the unlimited mileage/8 year warranty is up. Our leased BMW i3 is seeing much more modest usage we hope to swap it for a Tesla Model 3 when the lease is up on the i3.

  5. ffbj says:

    Congratulations to Tesla and all of its hard working employees.

  6. I don’t buy it, that no Model S worldwide had never paid anything for charging.

    1. energymatters says:

      +1 Tesla spin of a false narrative that electric fueling is free. They need to be more truthful or it will bite everyone. For a public company there are consequences.

    2. Mutwin Kraus says:

      Tesla is not claiming no one paid for charging, just that no one paid for fuel.

      On the other hand, there is a chance that at least a few miles were driven with cars charged on a Diesel generator, but it’s probably negligible.

      1. sven says:

        Then that’s a meaningless statistic. It’s kind of like claiming nobody paid to charge an ICE car. What’s the point?

  7. TomArt says:

    How do they come up with the mileage estimates?

    1. Omar Sultan says:

      I am not sure about the Roadster, but all Model Ses have an always on telemetry link back to the mothership, so they have access to all sort of info about each car, including current do milage.

  8. sven says:

    Does anyone want to try to predict when Tesla will reach it’s next milestone, one Trillion miles driven? 😀

    1. FutureGuesser says:

      I did some calculation and was able to write down an equation that represents the growth of cumulative miles driven over time.

      D(total) = D(now) + d(average)*N(Now)*Integral[1.5^t dt]

      D(now) = 1 billion miles
      d(average) = average driven miles per person per year TWO NUMBERS: First average American(source: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/onh00/bar8.htm) I took 13 500 miles as an average. This probably doesn’t represent the global picture. Second average Tesla driver: 1 billion driven miles with 75000cars in 3years= 4500miles per car per year (probably not a good representative due to bias)
      N(now)= numbers of cars on the road now. My number 75 000.
      I took average yearly growth to be 50% (represented by 1,5) Since Elon stated few times that the would probably be able to keep this growth up for a number of years.

      So after fun calculation time I predict two scenarios:

      Average American driver scenario:
      2 Billion miles driven: April 2016 (10 months)
      10 Billion miles driven: April 2019 (3 years 10 months)

      Average Tesla driver scenario:
      2 Billion: 2 years
      10 Billion: 6 years

      Assuming growth rate does not change drastically this should give a nice time frame. Also 10 trillion is too far off to calculate (to many unknowns over too long of a time).

      Also maybe good to note 50 percent growth rate does not get Tesla to 500 000 in 2020. But Giga-thingy might change all that 😉

      Lets hope for the first one, cheers!

  9. Reddy says:

    So Tesla passes 1B miles, the Volt did in Oct 2014 (gas+electric), and the Leaf passed 1B km in Dec 2014. How about an update or estimate on total EV miles driven? Are we at 3B? 4B?

    1. Mark Hanson says:

      Yes, and I don’t believe either has reached 1 Billion Miles on electric yet. The Leaf may be close though.

  10. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Good Job Tesla.

    But please stop exaggerating…

    Model S started on sale in 2012. In California, 4 years or less old ICE cars don’t need smog tests. So, those “new” Telsa didn’t replace any “new” ICE cars in smog “yet”….

  11. Aaron says:

    Surprised they didn’t say “that’s more than 20 trips to MARS” rather than the moon.