Tesla was incorporated as an electric vehicle manufacturer in July 2003.
Initially, the company faced significant difficulties when it came to developing technology, producing prototypes, and scaling manufacturing. Elon Musk joined the company as chairman in 2004. Early on, he stated that Tesla had just a 10% chance of success.
Despite the major hurdles encountered, the company produced its one millionth car in March 2020.
Today, Tesla delivers more than 180,000 vehicles each quarter, with plans to ramp up production significantly in the future.
From revenue to the number of charging stations, here’s a breakdown of everything you’ll find out about on this page:
- Key Tesla Stats
- Tesla vehicle deliveries
- Tesla vehicle production
- Tesla annual revenue
- Tesla Supercharger locations
- Tesla Supercharger stations by country
- Tesla manufacturing facilities
- Tesla’s worldwide sales
- Tesla sales in the US
- Tesla sales in China
- Tesla sales in Europe
- How many people work at Tesla?
Key Tesla Stats
- Tesla sold 499,535 electric cars in 2020. More than any other electric vehicle manufacturer worldwide.
- Since 2009, Tesla has produced a total of 1.43 million vehicles.
- Tesla manufactured 509,737 vehicles in 2020 alone.
- Annual Tesla revenue is $31.54 billion.
- 70,757 employees work at Tesla worldwide.
Tesla vehicle deliveries
Tesla delivered 499,535 vehicles in 2020, representing a 35.9% year-over-year growth.
Since 2017, annual Tesla deliveries have increased 4.85x.
Here’s a comprehensive overview of Tesla deliveries since Q1 2013:
Tesla vehicle production
Tesla produced 509,737 vehicles in 2020. That’s an increase of 39.56% over 2019.
Tesla’s annual production has increased 5.06x since 2017. For perspective, it took the company 181 days to manufacture 50,000 Tesla vehicles in 2017. Today, the same number of vehicles can be produced in just 36 days.
Tesla annual revenue
Tesla generates $31.54 billion in annual revenue. That’s an increase of 28.31% compared to 2019.
Over the last 7 years, Tesla’s revenue has grown at a CAGR of 48.19%.
We’ve charted the growth in Tesla’s annual revenue since 2008:
Tesla Supercharger locations
Supercharger is Tesla’s fast charging network.
Tesla operates 2,649 Supercharger stations in 40 countries. The number of Supercharger locations has increased by 80.45% over the last two years (March 2019 – March 2021).
In the last 3 years alone, Tesla has added 1,467 new Supercharger stations.
Here’s a table showing the number of active Supercharger stations since 2013:
Tesla Supercharger stations by country
The US and China account for 67.17% of all Tesla Supercharger stations. The two countries contain a combined 1778 Supercharger locations.
While the Tesla Supercharger network extends to 40 countries, the vast majority (87.75%) of stations are located in just 10 countries.
With that, here’s a table that contains the full data:
|United Kingdom||70 (2.64%)|
Tesla manufacturing facilities
Tesla has 6 manufacturing facilities spanning 3 countries: the United States, China and Germany.
4 of Tesla’s plants are already in operation. As well as the original Fremont Factory in California, there are active production lines at the Gigafactory Nevada, Gigafactory New York and Gigafactory Shanghai.
As of March 2021, the remaining 2 facilities (Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Texas) are under construction.
Across its Fremont and Shanghai locations, Tesla has an installed annual production capacity of 1.05 million vehicles.
Tesla’s worldwide sales
Tesla sold 499,535 vehicles in 2020, making it the most popular EV manufacturer. Tesla outsold Volkswagen, its closest competitor, by 126.83%.
10 car manufacturers sold at least 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles in 2020:
Tesla sales in the US
The Tesla Model Y was the most popular electric vehicle in the US ranked by a number of deliveries in Q1 2021. 48,364 Model Y vehicles were delivered in the first quarter of 2021. Tesla Model 3 claims second place with 26,983 quarterly deliveries in the country.
All Tesla models combined claimed 74.49% of all US electric vehicle deliveries in the first quarter of 2021.
Here are the most popular electric vehicles in the US ranked by number of delivers in Q1 2021:
|Model||Number of deliveries|
|Tesla Model Y||48,354|
|Tesla Model 3||26,983|
|Chevy Bolt EV||9,025|
|Ford Mustang Mach-E||6,614|
|Audi e-tron + e-tron Sportback||4,324|
|Tesla Model S||505|
|Tesla Model X||505|
Tesla sales in China
The Tesla Model 3 was the most sold plug-in vehicle in China in 2020. A total of 139,925 Model 3s were sold throughout the year, 17.33% more than the nearest competing model (the Wuling HongGuang Mini EV).
Here’s a ranking of the top 10 most popular plug-in vehicles in China in 2020:
|Plug-in vehicle model||Sales|
|Tesla Model 3||139,925|
|Wuling HongGuang Mini EV||119,255|
|Great Wall Ora R1 / Black Cat||46,774|
|GAC Aion S||45,626|
|BYD Qin Pro EV||41,621|
|Li Xiang One EREV||33,186|
|BYD Han EV||29,073|
However, based on monthly sales data for January 2021, the Tesla Model 3 is no longer the most sold electric vehicle in China. A low-cost alternative, the Wuling HongGuang Mini EV, recorded 36,762 sales in a single month. That’s 2.65x more than the Tesla Model 3.
Here’s a ranking of the top 10 most sold plug-in vehicles in China in January 2021:
|Plug-in vehicle model||Sales|
|Wuling HongGuang Mini EV||36,762|
|Tesla Model 3||13,843|
|BYD Han EV||9,298|
|GAC Aion S||6,092|
|Great Wall Ora R1 / Black Cat||6,090|
|Li Xiang One EREV||5,379|
|SAIC Roewe Clever EV||5,172|
|BSAIC Roewe eRX5 PHEV||3,779|
Tesla sales in Europe
The Tesla Model 3 was the 2nd most sold plug-in vehicle in Europe in 2020. 87,642 vehicles were sold across the continent. That’s 12.02% less than the most popular EV model in Europe, the Renault Zoe.
Here’s a ranking of the top 10 most sold plug-in electric vehicles in Europe in 2020:
|Plug-in vehicle model||Sales|
|Tesla Model 3||87,642|
|Hyundai Kona EV||48,537|
|Peugeot 208 EV||31,554|
|Kia Niro EV||30,690|
How many people work at Tesla?
Worldwide, 70,757 full-time employees work at Tesla and its subsidiaries. Tesla’s employee count has grown by 47.36% since 2019, in which time the company has added 22,741 new employees.
Here’s a table showing the Tesla employee count since 2010:
The average compensation at Tesla in the US is an estimated $153,755. Tesla employees working in the US on an H1-B visa receive a median base salary of $127,750.
That’s it for my list of Tesla statistics.
Hopefully, the facts and figures I’ve included here have helped shed some light on Tesla’s growth story. It will be interesting to see if the company can continue on its upward trajectory.
Now I want to hear from you:
Do you think Tesla can maintain and grow its dominant position in the EV market? And how will the company fare compare to the traditional automobile industry giants?
I’d also be happy to answer any questions you may have about the data you’ve read here. And I always love suggestions about how to make these roundups even better.
Don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section below.