The Tesla Model 3 was thought by many to be an ailing model, especially following news of its production delays and order cancellations. However, InsideEVs estimates that Tesla sold over 17,800 units of its entry-level model in August alone, which is an unprecedented achievement in the Model 3’s history.

That puts it at the top of the EV sales chart, far ahead of its rivals. So far, the year-to-date tally stands at 55,882 units, which the publication deems as an ‘untouchable’ figure. Comparatively, the highest volume of sales ever for an electric car in a single year was back in 2014 when Nissan sold 30,200 units of the Leaf. With four months left to the end of the year, Tesla looks set to double that with the Model 3.

Comparatively, BMW only sold 418 units of the i3 (yes, that’s not a typo) in August, which is the only pure EV model it has on the roster. The combined sales for BMW passenger cars stood at 14,450 units for the month of August (13.5% down from the same month in 2017, with 16,708 units), comprised of sales from the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 Series models, as well as the X1 and X2.

To recap, the full-electric Tesla Model 3 is priced from US$35,000 (RM145k) and comes with a range of 354 km. It has a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 209 km/h. An extra US$9,000 (RM37k) buys a long-range model which can stretch to 499 km, do 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and top out at 225 km/h.

A higher performance AWD model with the dual motor all-wheel drive, is also available, and it accelerates from 0 to 98 km/h in 3.5 seconds. It wears a sportier look as well, wearing huge 20-inch wheels with improved brakes and lowered suspension. There’s also a carbon-fibre spoiler that helps improve stability at higher speeds.