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Teslas Model 3 was the best-selling EV series in the world last year

Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling electric car in the world in 2018, according to the data management JATO Dynamics. JATO says Silicon Valley automaker sold about 138,000 model 3's and knocked out competitors like the flagship EV of state-owned Chinese automaker BAIC (92,000) and Nissan Leaf (85,000). In total, Tesla sold more EVs than any other automaker in 2018, JATO reports. The news comes at the same time as Tesla begins delivery of model 3 in China the largest market in the world for electric cars. Tesla has also recently started delivering model 3s in Europe for the first time ever. Adding the new markets for Model 3 is intended to help Tesla increase sales of the car by more than 1 00,000 in 2019, according to the latest calculations from the company. Tesla releases sales and production figures quarterly and it has previously been Model 3's popularity compared to other medium-sized sedans from automakers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. But as Bertel Schmitt points out on The Drive JATO generates its numbers using vehicle registrations, giving the numbers a more solid baseline. Tesla beats new markets for model 3 in 2019, but there are questions about demand Although Tesla plans to almost double the model 3 production in 2019, the road to the top selling point can be more challenging this year than it was in 2018. (Which says something, considering 2018 was the year of "production hell" and "delivery logistics hell.") New markets like China and…

Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling electric car in the world in 2018, according to the data management JATO Dynamics. JATO says Silicon Valley automaker sold about 138,000 model 3’s and knocked out competitors like the flagship EV of state-owned Chinese automaker BAIC (92,000) and Nissan Leaf (85,000). In total, Tesla sold more EVs than any other automaker in 2018, JATO reports.

The news comes at the same time as Tesla begins delivery of model 3 in China the largest market in the world for electric cars. Tesla has also recently started delivering model 3s in Europe for the first time ever. Adding the new markets for Model 3 is intended to help Tesla increase sales of the car by more than 1

00,000 in 2019, according to the latest calculations from the company.

Tesla releases sales and production figures quarterly and it has previously been Model 3’s popularity compared to other medium-sized sedans from automakers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. But as Bertel Schmitt points out on The Drive JATO generates its numbers using vehicle registrations, giving the numbers a more solid baseline.

Although Tesla plans to almost double the model 3 production in 2019, the road to the top selling point can be more challenging this year than it was in 2018. (Which says something, considering 2018 was the year of “production hell” and “delivery logistics hell.”) New markets like China and Europe will increase sales. But some analysts are cautious that the demand for model 3 dries up in the US, as Tesla’s cars are no longer eligible for $ 7,500 for electric vehicles, and the company has still not started producing $ 35,000 “standard” version.

Tesla also tackles quality problems and problems with service that seem to be directly linked to its massive ramp up in model 3 production and sales.

Tesla will also face more all-electric competition this year, although it may not come from the most famous names. Audi has been working on a slow expansion of its E-Tron SUV, and Jaguar has experienced similar fights with I-Pace. Mercedes-Benz is trying to delay the initial deliveries of its own electric SUV, the EQC, too.

Instead, Tesla’s biggest threat to the EV throne is likely to come from China, including some of the companies that are already nodding at their heels. China’s largest car manufacturers, such as BAIC, also make smaller electric cars that are much cheaper than what Tesla sells, and they have their own production facilities in China. Tesla must get its Shanghai Gigafactory up and running to be able to sell and sell model 3s that can avoid the country’s 25 percent import tax, and it will not happen until the end of this year as early as possible.

At the same time, Chinese EV launches sold NIO 11,000 cars in the first months of production last year. The company has set its sights on offering customers a Tesla style experience, from their technology-filled cars, to building stylish stores where they are sold. NIO has great ambitions – it recently became public in the US – and will announce production and sales targets for 2019 in two weeks.

Tesla still has more than model 3. The company’s model S-sedan came in fifth on the JATO’s list of 48,000 sold last year. The company ended the year with around 230,000 total electric cars sold, well above BAIC’s other sales figures of 152,000. Warren Buffett-backed automaker BYD came in third with 95,000 electric switches sold last year, just before Nissan, which sold 92,000 total electric cars.

Tesla is also planning to unveil the model Y crossover SUV later this year (potentially in China), with full volume production scheduled for 2020. At that time, Volkswagen, Porsche and even Ford will also have their first serious electric motors in production as well.

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