Tesla reaches 10 billion electric miles with a global fleet of half a million cars

Tesla’s global fleet is growing at a record pace and we now learn that it reached a total of 10 billion electric miles with half a million cars this week.

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 as consistently.

But a source familiar with the data point confirmed to Electrek that the fleet surpassed 9 billion total miles in September and at the time, Tesla drivers averaged almost 20 million miles per day – close to 4 times the average from just 2 years ago.

At the time, we noted that at that pace, the fleet would reach 10 billion miles before Thanksgiving and sure enough, the same source confirmed to Electrek that Tesla’s fleet reached 10 billion electric miles yesterday.

The Tesla global fleet also reached a total of 500,000 vehicles around the world just a day before.

Electrek’s Take

That’s a great milestone because it’s 10 billion miles that would have been powered by gas or diesel and it’s now powered by electricity.

While it doesn’t mean that it’s always completely clean, it at least has the potential to be clean. Between my Model S and Model 3, I have several thousand miles of my own in this total and most of them were powered by clean hydro from Quebec.

It’s the case for many other Tesla owners around the world and for those in places where electricity is still generated through polluting sources, EV owners are adding solar power at a higher rate, which is resulting in their cars being powered by the sun.

I think it’s truly an exciting time for electric vehicles and it’s just the beginning. We are going to see many new models creating a lot of growth in the next few years and not just from Tesla.

If you are a Tesla owner, let us know in the comment section below how many miles you contributed to that 10 billion-mile milestone.

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