Sharing its financial results for the first quarter of 2021, Tesla announced that Model 3, which is spoken with its success in the electric vehicle market, now surpasses its internal combustion engine competitors.
We have gotten used to seeing Tesla Model 3, the most affordable model in the product range of Tesla, the US electric vehicle manufacturer, as the ‘best selling electric car in the world’ in recent years. We’ve even witnessed the Model 3 surpass its internal combustion engine competitors in some markets, but this was not a global success.
According to Tesla, who recently shared the results for the first quarter of 2021, this situation has changed and it has become the best-selling premium sedan model in the world, surpassing models such as the Model 3, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Series. Tesla even shared the sales chart you see below to support this claim. It is seen that Tesla Model 3, shown here with the red line, is at the top.
“The Model 3, which has been produced for about 3.5 years and has not even been produced in Europe, has become the best-selling premium sedan model in the world, leaving behind long-term industry leaders such as the E Series and 3 Series. The biggest indication that the vehicle can become a leader by leaving behind its internal combustion counterparts.
On the other hand, although we are talking about the success of the Model 3, Tesla believes that the model Y crossover model, which is not the Model 3, will be more successful in the future. This is because the brand’s statement, “We believe that Model Y can be not only a category leader, but the best-selling car in the world on a global scale” shows this. Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, also stated that Tesla will be in a position to deliver 1 million Model Y per year in the future.
So, in the short term, could Model Y sales outperform Model 3? According to the financial results announced by the company, 182 thousand 847 Model 3 / Y deliveries were made in the first quarter of 2021. In the chart above, we see that Model 3 deliveries are around 120 thousand units. So Model Y deliveries are around 60 thousand units.
This means that the Model 3 is well ahead of the Model Y in terms of delivery. But things could change with the start of Model Y production at two new factories, Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Texas.