Tesla Model S Hits Major Milestone | Edmunds

Tesla Model S Hits Major Milestone

PALO ALTO, California Tesla Motors, the California-based electric carmaker, tweeted on Thursday that its "global Model S fleet has just passed 1 billion kilometers driven," or the equivalent of 625 million miles.

Because the Model S is battery-powered, Tesla also claimed "more than 100 million liters of gasoline," or 26.4 million gallons, were saved.

That works out to about 23.7 mpg — if the Model S had a gasoline engine.

Tesla has sold more than 50,000 Model S sedans since the car went on sale in mid-2012.

Car shoppers who are interested in the Model S may also be considering a wide range of pure electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. They include the BMW i8, Cadillac ELR, Chevrolet Volt, Lexus LS 600h L and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

The Nissan Leaf electric car also hit some major milestones this month, including becoming profitable.

Edmunds says: This real-world milestone should mean a lot to prospective Model S buyers.

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