The Model 3 is helping Tesla’s fleet grow at a record pace and that expanded fleet is accumulating a record number of miles.

Electrek has learned that it has now reached a total of 9 billion electric miles.

Back in October 2016, we reported on Tesla reaching the 3 billion electric mile milestone and the company’s global fleet managed to add 500 million more miles 3 months later – bringing the total to 3.5 billion in December and another half a billion more by March 2017.

At the time, Tesla’s fleet was driving about 5 million miles a day on average.

We were able to track the progress through the Tesla road trip page and Tesla confirmed that its global fleet reached over 5 billion electric miles driven in July 2017.

The average went up to almost 7 million miles per day when Tesla slowly started Model 3 production.

Tesla removed the counter from the Tesla road trip page and we haven’t been able to track the fleet mileage since, but now a source familiar with the data point confirmed to Electrek that the fleet surpassed 9 billion total miles this week.

Of course, the automaker is now also adding miles at a higher pace than ever before thanks to the Model 3 production ramp up.

In the past 7 days, Tesla drivers averaged almost 20 million miles per day – close to 4 times the average from just 2 years ago.

At this pace, Tesla’s fleet will cross the 10 billion-mile mark by Thanksgiving.

Electrek’s Take

That’s the rEVolution.

That’s what it is all about. If it wasn’t for Tesla and Tesla buyers, those 9 billion miles would have been traveled by polluting gas-powered cars.

Now electric powertrains are powering the mileage from much less polluting electric sources – sometimes even from zero-emission sources, like solar, wind, and hydro.

Congrats to all Tesla and EV drivers contributing to that goal and especially to those who make a conscious choice about where their electricity is coming from.

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