According to an Elon Musk tweet, Tesla has just built its 1,000,000th car. The red Model Y (effectively a taller, more spacious version of the Model 3, of which deliveries are about to begin in the States) rolled off the production line a few days ago.
Founded by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in 2003, the California-based company has taken some 17 years to reach the million-car milestone. Elon Musk (and his checkbook) came onboard in 2004, two years before the first-gen Roadster was revealed and four years before it would actually go on sale.
The Model S went into production in 2012, followed by the Model X in 2015 and the Model 3 in 2017. Tesla started building the Model Y this year, while a second-gen Roadster and the Cybertruck should both materialize in the not-too-distant future.
Just last year Tesla started building cars at its third Gigafactory in China, and confirmed a fourth will be built just outside Berlin. So assuming everything keeps going well, it should arrive at the two million mark pretty quickly.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.