It’s no secret that the Tesla Model S is the newest “must-have” toy among America’s most affluent citizens. But a shocking analysis from Edmunds.com, the premier resource for car shopping and automotive information, finds that in some of the country’s richest communities, the Model S sells better than any other car on the market.
According to Edmunds.com’s analysis of new car registration data from Polk, the Model S is the top-selling vehicle this year in eight of America’s 25 wealthiest ZIP Codes, all located in California.
Leading the way is Atherton, where the Model S accounts for 15.4 percent of all new car registrations within its borders. According to Forbes, Atherton, which sits adjacent to Tesla’s Palo Alto headquarters, is the wealthiest zip code in America, with a median home price of $6,665,000.
While the analysis shows that the richest populations are snatching up Teslas now, Edmunds.com says that the data offers hints about Tesla’s potential to appeal to a broader range of buyers.
“It’s a classic pattern for any retail product, including cars: the wealthy and influential buyers set a trend, and the mainstream aspires to follow,” says Edmunds.com Sr. Analyst Jessica Caldwell. “As Tesla increases the number of models and improves its price points, it could find itself in demand by more than just those in these wealthy enclaves. After all, luxury car companies typically find the most volume in their entry-level vehicles.”