Tesla Model S Sales Hit 100,000 In U.S. Quicker Than Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF


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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.

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.?

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30 Comments on "Tesla Model S Sales Hit 100,000 In U.S. Quicker Than Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF"

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Model 3 will leave model s in the dust


What’s your guess as to how many months after launch before 100,000 Model 3s have been sold in the U.S.?


Tom Moloughney

Funny, we were thinking the same thing. You just typed it a few seconds quicker than me!

Tom Moloughney

The only thing keeping the Model 3 from breaking it in its first month is Tesla’s ability to make them fast enough!

I’m guessing they will hit 100k in May, 2018. 🙂


14 months. Sep 21st 2018.


Need we to say anything about the Model 3 here? More than a Hundred Thousand before Elon finished his presentation about it.


Sales and reservation isn’t the same thing, the question here is how fast can Tesla ramp up production to deliver 100k in US and at the same time deliver to the rest of the world?


By year end 2019 Tesla Model 3 will be the best selling compact sedan car in North America and Western Europe.

Interesting times for traditional automotive execs…


In the US alone the top selling 2016 Compact car was the Civic with over 220k cars sold. The Model 3 will probably be designated a mid-size due to interior volume. Toyota moved 388K Camrys in the US alone in 2016. I doubt tesla can build that many Model 3s. Their factory had a max capacity of 400K when it was owned by Toyota/GM


How about the i3? Any Info?


According to Insideevs there have been 27 166 i3 deliver until end of May.

Taylor S Marks

I think the i3 does much better in Europe than it does in the US.


According to insideevs statistics Tesla have deliver 25 182 Model X until June and about 1900 roadster so Tesla is now up in 127 082 plus a few thousand in June so there is a bit left until the 200k mark for Tesla.


It isn’t so easy to scale price down and sales up for expensive niche vehicles. The Model 3 will break records. It won’t sell 300k year after year though.


Typo: Tesla Model S May 2017, not 2016.

Otherwise, right on w/the others: hoping M3, Bolt and Leaf II will crush those benchmarks.

Jay Cole

Whoops, yes definitely sales through May 2017. Fixed, thanks!


Volt is not all electric only 14 miles per charge

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Bruh, you’re thinking of the PiP or you smokin da good s***


Umm…try 53 miles. I haven’t put petro in mine since I bought it.


So why you didn’t bought Leaf instead?


I bet it was a comfort thing, still got the ICE just in case. Would expect the next vehicle will be BEV now that the comfort level has been overcome.

George T Rocchio

Albert, you are way, way off base. With my ’16 Volt I get up to 69 miles in summer and a low of 39 miles in winter which averages out to 54 electric miles per charge!


Tesla 100k +1 Model 3 delivery date, third or week or the end of October 2018.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

16.6666 months

Four Electrics

This is not surprising, as the S launched later than the LEAF, and the market is expanding. If you launch into a bigger market, you sell more quickly.


Oh nonsense! The market has determining factors far more important than simply the number of people IN the market. The Leaf’s early entry, into the market(first mover) wasn’t a drawback, it was an advantage. Also it had a considerable price advantage.

The Model S moved faster, in spite of its high price, because it was unique. The glowing praise it engendered from owners and the press alike, thrust it into the limelight as a ‘must have’ product.

The first generation Leaf represented what electric cars were supposed to forever be. Tesla turned that notion completely on its ear. Tesla’s are SEX, and as the hoopla over the Model 3 shows, sex sells.


Regardless anything else, it appears range is a very important factor with EV’s (or any vehicle). I bet if the Leaf had 200+mi range it would have sold 300k by now.
If the expanding market theory was correct, then Leaf should have sold a lot more, probably 150k or maybe even 200k given the few months head start and cheaper cost.
It’s all about range.

Mark Looper

“Friend of InsideEVs.com” – I like that; thanks! I was using your scorecard numbers, as for almost everything on my charts at http://www.altfuels.org/misc/evsales.shtml, but I must have missed one of your (small) Model S adjustments and jumped the gun by a month. Keep ’em rolling! – yr hmbl & obt svt, @altfueled

Jay Cole

Thanks for the heads-up Mark, otherwise we would never have known/thought about the 6-figure stat in that context. Have to give credit where it is due, (=

As for the data: Been awhile since we had an adjustment on the Model S (we have been fortunate with pegging them number, so they are pretty pretty small), but the Oct/Nov (2016) Model S numbers were found to be a bit high, and were adjusted down by a combined ~525 units…which is probably want happened.

To date over the first ~19 quarters of Model S sales in the US, there has been 4 such adjustments (ranging between 469 and 611 units). We note each of those on our US Monthly scorecard report (under the Model S) when we do it, just to make people aware. We like the numbers to be as up-to-date current/accurate as possible, so sometimes they need a little tweak once most of the global data is balanced to Tesla’s quarterly WW report (which can be ore than ~100 days after a current month).

Keith Bramlett

March 2018 for 100,000 Model 3 US production.