Despite that it still lingers somewhere between a minor and a major player in the automotive marketplace volumetrically-speaking, Tesla Motors has still managed to make a sizeable impact on the course of the industry.
That’s the subtextual message underlying this video put out by the automaker, which proudly announces that globally, Tesla Model S owners have racked up an amazing 1 billion miles in the electric car. We would guess that’s likely a new record for any single pure electric vehicle.
What’s more astonishing to us, however, is that the Tesla Model S has only been around for 3 years, and that for much of that time, production was far below where it arguably should have been. Add all those Tesla Model S miles up, according to the video, and the sum equates to about 4,186 trips to the moon.
Of course, that would necessitate 4,186 phonecalls to SpaceX in order to beg for a return trip, but that’s a topic for another time.
“What about environmental impact,” you ask? Well, the video claims that all those miles accumulated by the Tesla Model S have kept about 570,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Whether or not that number takes into account emissions from powerplants is another question.
Regardless, all of this is plenty impressive for an automaker with just a single offering on the market today. We’re confident that Tesla Motors’ legacy will grow with the introduction of the Model X later this year, and again in 2017, when the Model 3 first enters production.