Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t a fan of releasing total monthly sales numbers, as its irregular delivery schedule, which often sees thousands of cars delivered one month and only hundreds the next, would not give an accurate picture of the market demand of its vehicles. No one is quite sure how many Model S’ Tesla has sold, but Autoblog Green recently attempted to find out using quarterly delivery numbers, the only numbers Tesla does release.
Tesla has reportedly sold 21,821 Model S sedans globally in the first three quarters of 2014. Conversely, Daily Kanban found that only 17,819 Model S EVs were registered between January and September of this year, a disparity of over 4,000 units. Daily Kanban’s numbers were based off of JATO data, which was also different for the sales of the Nissan Leaf compared to the manufacturer’s claims.
It’s unclear why JATO’s data and manufacturer data differs. One guess is that the difference represents a delay in how fast people register their cars after purchasing it, however it seems unlikely that would affect over 4,000 cars at once. Autoblog Green reached out to Tesla for comment, but has yet to receive an answer back.