2020 Impact Report

In 2020, Tesla customers helped accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy by avoiding 5.0 million metric tons of CO2e emissions.

In 2020, Tesla customers helped accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy by avoiding 5.0 million metric tons of CO2e emissions.

Full Vertical Integration for Maximum Impact

We are designing and manufacturing a complete energy and transportation ecosystem that is fully vertically integrated. By doing so, we are creating affordable products that work together to amplify their impact, leading to the greatest environmental benefit possible. We seek to achieve this through our research and software development efforts as well as through our continued drive to develop advanced manufacturing capabilities.

Full Vertical Integration for Maximum Impact

Significantly Less Lifecycle Emissions than ICE Vehicles

To determine a vehicle’s environmental impact, its entire lifecycle—including both its manufacturing and usage emissions—must be accounted for. The average ICE vehicle emits 69 tons of CO2e over its lifetime through its use-phase, excluding CO2 emitted during the oil refining phase. But because Tesla vehicles are powered entirely by electricity, their lifetime emissions are significantly lower.

Significantly Less Lifecycle Emissions than ICE Vehicles

The Most Efficient EVs Ever

Tesla cars can convert electricity into power more efficiently than other equivalent EVs. And as we continue to develop our technology, our vehicles’ efficiency will improve further as well. Our Model 3 Standard Range Plus (SR+) is the most energy-efficient vehicle on the market and is an example of how significant such improvements can be.

The Most Efficient EVs Ever

Battery Packs Will See 92% Reuse of Raw Metals

A Tesla battery pack is designed to outlast the vehicle itself. Because of this, few consumer Tesla batteries—even those from our nearly nine-year-old Model S cars—have been decommissioned to date.

In preparation for the future, our battery factories have already begun implementing an in-house, closed-loop recycling system that will ensure 100% of Tesla batteries received are recycled and up to 92% of their raw metals reused.

Battery Packs Will See 92% Reuse of Raw Metals

EV Ownership Leads to Reduced Pollution, NOx and CO Emissions

A major benefit of EVs that is often overlooked is their lack of tailpipe emissions. Air pollution in the form of carbon monoxide, NOx and fine particulates from burning fossil fuels causes over eight million premature deaths every year. EVs don’t just benefit the future of our planet—they also help address preventable deaths today.

Reduced Collisions With Active Safety and Autopilot Active

Safety is our primary design goal. Every aspect of our vehicles’ engineering—from the positioning of the battery to the suite of active and passive safety features—is based off a safety-first architecture. And when active safety features are engaged, Tesla vehicles have a ~4.5x lower collision rate than other vehicles. Tesla vehicles with Autopilot engaged experienced just 0.2 accidents per million miles driven while the U.S. average was ~9x higher at 2.0 accidents per million miles driven.

Reduced Collisions With Active Safety and Autopilot Active

20 5-Star Safety Ratings Worldwide

Tesla vehicles earned 5-star ratings from safety rating agencies across the U.S., Europe and Australia.* And because all Tesla safety features come standard with every vehicle, and over-the-air software updates ensure that each car has the most advanced features available, our ratings are based on our standard safety equipment.

*Based on official safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

20 5-Star Safety Ratings Worldwide

Agency Model X Model 3 Model Y

NHTSA US New Car Assessment Program NCAP

European New Car Assessment Programme Euro NCAP

Australasian New Car Assessment Program ANCAP

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS

NHTSA US New Car Assessment Program NCAP

European New Car Assessment Programme Euro NCAP

Australasian New Car Assessment Program ANCAP

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS

NHTSA US New Car Assessment Program NCAP

European New Car Assessment Programme Euro NCAP

Australasian New Car Assessment Program ANCAP

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS

NHTSA US New Car Assessment Program NCAP

European New Car Assessment Programme Euro NCAP

Australasian New Car Assessment Program ANCAP

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS

Fire Incidents are ~11x Lower for Tesla Vehicles

From 2012 to 2020, there has been approximately one Tesla vehicle fire for every 205 million miles traveled. By comparison, data show that in the U.S. there is one ICE vehicle fire for every 19 million miles traveled.* We continue to improve our battery chemistry, cell structure, battery pack structure and vehicle passive safety in order to decrease fire risk to as close to zero as possible. In the rare instances where Tesla vehicles are involved in a fire, we provide detailed information to first responders so they can safely handle those emergency situations.

*Based on data gathered by Tesla and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation

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