I haven’t seen anyone note this yet, so didn’t want to let it pass without notice that Tesla’s Model 3 is approaching a huge milestone: the first battery-electric vehicle ever to reach 1 million in total sales globally.
Current cumulative sales are approximately 900,000, and at the current rate it looks like the million mark will be hit this quarter, perhaps in May. Rather than slow down with new competition from VW, SAIC/GM, Ford or even Tesla’s own Model Y, the Model 3 is hitting new sales records in nations across the world.
Hopefully, Tesla will break from its usual lack of model-specific reporting to celebrate this achievement as it happens. This is a historic moment in the transition to clean energy, and should generate positive news stories when it happens to further raise awareness of EVs and continue to build momentum.
With new lines for Model 3 opening up in Austin and probably Berlin, and future price reductions, Model 3 is likely to stay at or near the top in sales for several years to come. The pace is set. The target is on its back. And the best part is that whatever vehicle finally catches up to it, the world will have won.
Source: annual and monthly totals from [ev-sales](http://ev-sales.blogspot.com/).