It’s official: Tesla’s new Model 3 is now the best-selling electric car in the US.
Tesla released its production numbers for the first quarter 2018 on Tuesday. The company delivered 8 180 Model 3s in the first three months of the year. That compares with 6 468 deliveries for Toyota’s Prius Prime plug-in hybrid and 4 375 for General Motors’ Chevy Bolt.
Final estimate came in just 5% less than Tesla’s reported numbers, arguably validating the methodology. That’s not great news for Tesla fans, because our model suggests the company may have exaggerated its production capabilities at the end of last year. In the coming weeks, Tesla will need to prove that it can sustain and build upon the peak weekly production rates it just announced.