During a recent Tesla press conference, it was noted that the line of ultra-lux electric vehicles are continuing to sell extremely well, with over 6,900 purchased in the fourth quarter of 2013. This is a 20% bump year over year, and brings the grand total of Model S sedans on the road to an impressive 25,000 cars.
According to the EV maker, the fleet of sedan drivers have logged more than 168 million gas-free miles, and the Model S is now the top selling car in Norway.
The press conference was also a convenient place to discuss the expansion of the Tesla Supercharger network. With over 81 Superchargers now open, the network is expected to add another 24 in the near future. This is an important growth area, as executives were quick to note that the estimated 7.5 million miles driven on Supercharger charges have consequently saved around 300,000 gallons of gasoline in the process.
The VP of Worldwide Sales, Jerome Guillen, made sure to note that their retail business is also ramping up, with the EV maker looking for a doubling of retail and service centers across the globe.
Very little was discussed about the Model X SUV, which engineers mentioned they were working “furiously” on to “ensure it was ready for primetime.” With no release date mentioned, the status of the Model X is still a mystery.
While this may be a bit disconcerting for those who want to see the next stage in Tesla’s evolution, sometimes communicating in baby steps is necessary, especially in an industry that requires no shortage of PR expertise.