Toyota produces that many cars every 11 days.
VW is about the same. Not electric cars of course, but I don't have numbers for these.
100% agree what you said about sales, especially because of Tesla's own dealerships which let them avoid entrenched distribution channels.
Nice find about Rolls-Royce, by the way.
If self driving comes sooner vs later, do we need 17 million new cars a year? Probably not.
That’s the more relevant question to ask.
And for comparison, Tesla is way, way ahead of Ferrari.
In fact, Tesla makes more cars in a quarter than Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Rolls Royce do in a year. Combined !
So, comparing things on a man hour basis might be more meaningful. Toyota is 12x as large though they both do more than just manufacture cars. Still it's probably about the equivalent of 3-4 months worth of Toyota's production capacity.
PS: Yea, modern batteries are a horrible pain to manufacture.
You can't just wave your hands and outsource parts manufacturing. Developing, and maintaining your supply chain is incredibly challenging.
Tesla's attempts at doing so resulted in delays, shortages, and them blaming everything on their suppliers - rather then on their failure in being a good partner with them.
The real difference IMO is the variety of vehicles Toyota produces not simp,y scaling up production.
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Who cares how many combustion engines the veteran car manufacturers can peddle? Show me some EVs and I would happily buy VW.
Arguably less efficient since it has to be converted into electricity first. About 64% of electricity in 2016 was generated using coal or natural gas in the US. 
96 percent of new generation coming online this year is renewables. Your electric car gets cleaned every year, your gasonline car does not.
VW does not have a competitive EV yet.
"One charge, 99 miles. The e-up!’s impressive range makes it perfect for day to day driving."
But it's less than half of the standard Tesla Model 3. It's simply not enough. What is that after a couple of years or in cold weather. 80 miles? You will be driving around with constant range anxiety, even if you are just in the city.
Their strategy of branding their cars primarily as the model (i.e. S, X, 3) vs 2018 Tesla Model S makes them fairly timeless.
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If they are clever they'll try to make car 200,000 roll out just after April 1, to push it into Q2, giving them six months more of the credit.
But it definitely means that a lot of Model 3 buyers are gonna get screwed as they push the delivery of the cheap model 3 out to 2019, as those are the people who were most likely counting on the $7,500 when they pre-ordered.