While the Tesla Model 3 has been asserting its dominance in the United States’ electric vehicle industry, the all-electric sedan is also starting an invasion in another key market–the country’s second-hand electric car segment.
Last fall, the Tesla Model 3 made up only 3.5% of the United States’ used EV inventories. This was not bad at all for a relatively new vehicle like the Model 3, but over the past six months, the all-electric sedan’s share in the US’ used car market nearly doubled to 6.5%. As per a statement from Recurrent, a vehicle sales data firm, the Tesla Model 3’s share in the used EV market may be poised for exponential growth.
Addressing the Model 3’s rise as one of the United States’ most popular used electric cars, Recurrent CEO Scott Case noted that it would not be too much of a surprise if the entry-level Tesla ends up commanding 40-50% of the US’ used EV market in the coming years. “The Model 3 invasion of the used EV market has begun. It could be 40-50% of all used EV sales in the US within a few years, matching its market share in 2018 of new EV sales,” Case said.
The rise of the Tesla Model 3 as a used EV star is not the only notable aspect of Recurrent’s recent report. Based on the firm’s data, the trend in the country’s electric car market so far has been a decrease in overall vehicle inventory as well, particularly among Teslas, GMs, and Fiats. This suggests that electric vehicles from these carmakers are being bought up faster than their stock could be replenished. Dealerships across the country have cited inventory shortages on used cars in general as well.