Owners of Tesla's electric cars are a proud lot, and owners of Model 3s are the proudest bunch of all, driving their electric vehicles (EVs) more than 1 billion electric miles in record time.

On March 24, Tesla tweeted: “Over 1 billion miles have been driven with Model 3 -- thank you to all the amazing Tesla owners who got us here!"

It was only on July 7, 2017 the first production of Model 3s rolled off the assembly line at Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Reno, Nevada. The official launch and delivery of the first 30 Model 3s took place on July 28. On July 1, 2018, Tesla announced it had met its production goal of 5,000 Model 3s a week after a painful learning curve.

Tesla has now announced that Tesla Model 3 drivers have driven more than 1 billion electric miles in record time. It converts mileage that would normally have been covered by combustion-powered vehicles into electric mileage as part of its mission to accelerate the wide-scale adoption of EVs.

Tesla’s Roadster, its first EV, was sold in 2008, and was followed by the Model S produced in 2012. Until October 2016, all Tesla EVs reached the 3 billion electric mile milestone. By December, that total hit 3.5 billion electric miles. Another 500 million more electric miles were added by March 2017.

Tesla said its EV fleet was driving 5 million miles a day on average by this time, noted Electrek. It said its global fleet reached over 5 billion electric miles driven in July 2017. The average electric miles driven increased to almost 7 million miles per day after Tesla began Model 3 production in July 2017.

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The Tesla Model 3 on display in Los Angeles, California. The popular Model 3s have driven more than 1 billion electric miles in record time. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Tesla’s global EV fleet exceeded 9 billion total electric miles at the end of 2018. And Tesla now claims that Model 3s alone have been driven over 1 billion miles only a year after it began customer deliveries.

The Tesla global electric fleet is expected to quickly complete the next billion miles with more cars taking to the road everywhere, especially in China and Europe, which are going bonkers over the Model 3.