Tesla's Electric Roadsters Have Collectively Driven 10 Million Miles

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Photo: Michael Graham Richard
Saved an Estimated 500,000 Gallons Gas and 5.3 Million Pounds of CO2
Tesla Motors has announced that the 1,500+ electric Roadsters that it has sold in 31 countries have collectively driven more than 10 million miles to date. They claim it is the "greatest collective distance covered by any electric vehicle maker to date" and that it has saved 500,000 gallons of fuel and over 5.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions." But even that probably under-states Tesla's impact...
tesla roadster electric car photo

The aluminum frame of the Tesla Model S electric sedan. More about it here. Photo: Michael Graham Richard
Drop in the Ocean, But We Have to Start Somewhere
Tesla has probably has made a bigger difference indirectly (so far) by helping make electric cars more desirable to the average person and spurring EV development at other car-makers. It is also helping make things happen faster by partnering with companies like Daimler and Toyota. So while it's still a very small company and its EVs are a drop in the ocean of gas-burners, it does seem like it had an impact in getting the ball rolling.

tesla roadster electric car photo

Photo: Michael Graham Richard

Tesla CEO Elon Musk had this to say about the 10-million miles milestone: "We owe this achievement to Roadster drivers around the world and their pioneering adoption of electric vehicles. The Roadster has proven to the world that electric cars can be incredibly fun, and practical. Most importantly, these vehicles have provided Tesla with a real-world test fleet that allows us to stay on the cutting edge of electric powertrain engineering and technology."

You can see a map of the world with an "electric miles" counter on Tesla's site.

Via Tesla Motors, Reuters
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