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Tesla sold more cars in 2019 than ever before after bumper year for Elon Musk’s Model 3

Tesla delivered 367,500 cars in 2019 in a figure over three times the 103,100 cars the company sold in 2017. Sales data was also 120,000 more than last year after the sales success of the luxurious Model 3. 

The massive boost even means Elon Musk’s firm sold more cars last year than they did in 2017 and 2018 combined. 

Tesla data also revealed the latest sales figures are almost five times higher than the number of cars sold in 2016 and seven times higher than the 50,000 which found homes in 2015. 

Speaking to Expess.co.uk, a Tesla spokesperson revealed the manufacturer produced 105,000 cars in the fourth quarter in record figures. 

Production has slowly risen over the past three years but began to take off dramatically in 2018 as numbers soared. 

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SMMT new car registration data placed the Tesla Model 3 as the third most purchased new car in August 2019. 

It came after a strong year for the electric car market which saw a sales increase of 144 percent on the previous year. 

James Fairclough, CEO of AA Cars told Express.co.uk: “Tesla has positioned itself as the leading manufacturer of electric cars, and its name has become synonymous with these greener vehicles.  

“The growth in Tesla sales has coincided with the rising interest in electric and alternatively-fuelled vehicles more generally, as British drivers have started to seek more environmentally-friendly cars, particularly in cities which are banning diesel, or implementing low-emission zones. 

“The Model 3, Tesla’s cheapest vehicle, has become the most-registered electric car in the UK1, and there is no doubt that its more affordable price point has helped achieve this success.”

Just days into 2020, Tesla has confirmed deliveries have begun on their first cars manufactured in their Shanghai Gigafactory. 

Tesla will start construction of their new European home in 2020 as they lay the bricks on a Gigafactory production house in Berlin. 

Tesla achieved further success in 2019 as its Model 3 picked up an AutoExpress award for the New Car of the Year. 

The vehicle took honours as the Best Electric Car, Best Company Car and the overall Car of the Year award in the Parkers awards. 

The car could add extra silverware to its name at the WhatCar? Car of the Year awards next Tuesday after being shortlisted for the top prize. 

The Tesla Model 3 offers performance with longevity and is at the premium end of the electric car market. 

Tesla claims the model can achieve 0-60mph in a rapid 3.2 seconds with top speeds of 162mph. 

Model 3’s can achieve up to 348miles under one top-up from a rapid charger in one of the highest ranges available on the market. 

The vehicles are kitted out with built-in safety features such as a 360-degree camera to provide maximum visibility and 12 ultrasonic sensors placed all around the car. 

However, the models are at the premium end of the electric car market with Model 3’s priced around £42,000 brand new. 

Cash-strapped motorists who wish to purchase an electric car are urged to look at the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf or Volkswagen’s e-Golf as cheaper options.


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