Tesla will be celebrating some major milestones this year.
Right now, the best-selling electric car in the world isn't a Tesla. It's the Nissan Leaf, which has held that title since it launched way back in 2010. This won't be the case for much longer, however, because the Tesla Model 3 is about to overtake the Nissan Leaf on sales and become the best-selling electric car of all time. And it could happen in just a few weeks.
In March 2019, Nissan announced the Leaf had become the first EV to reach 400,000 sales. According to InsideEVs, Nissan's cumulative sales for the Nissan Leaf were around 450,000-460,000 by the end of 2019.
Tesla, on the other hand, sold 300,000 units of the Model 3 worldwide in 2019 and an estimated 448,634 units cumulatively. That's impressive considering the Model 3's troublesome launch. For comparison, 1,764 Model 3s were sold in 2017 and 146,055 were sold in 2018.
At this rate, Tesla is on track to beat the Nissan Leaf's cumulative sales within the next few weeks and should comfortably overtake the Nissan Leaf in Q1 2020. By the end of Q1 2020, the Tesla Model 3 is also likely to become the first EV in the world to exceed 500,000 sales. This isn't the only major milestone Tesla could be celebrating this year, either.
Since 2008, Tesla has sold more than 900,000 electric cars globally. This means it only needs to sell 100,000 units in Q1 2020 to become the first manufacturer to sell one million electric cars. Considering it sold around 97,000 units in Q3 2019 and 110,000 in Q4 2019, this seems very feasible.
With these significant sales milestones and new model launches including the Tesla Model Y, Tesla Semi, and new Plaid versions of the Model S and Model X, 2020 will be a monumental year for Tesla.