Tesla announced on February 28 that it would finally accept orders for the long-promised $ 35,000 (or "standard range") version of the Model 3. At that time, the company estimated that customers would have to wait about two to four weeks delivery time. It is now barely four weeks later, and it appears that the company may not have delivered one, while customers who have placed orders have been told that the vehicles have been delayed indefinitely, The Drive . and Tesla Fan Blog Electrek.
The Drive's Ed Niedermeyer discovered several reports about Reddit and various Tesla forums ̵
Meanwhile, some of these customers claim Tesla Employees have contacted them after the delay to get them to buy more expensive Model 3 Series models, such as the "Standard Range Plus" version, which starts at $ 37,500. This is faster hair and offers a slightly better range. Electrek reports having seen some of the same allegations, albeit with far less revenue than The Drive .
Tesla declined to comment in response to a series of questions from The Verge .
In a way, this fits in with the approach that Tesla has followed throughout his history. The company has only recently started producing large-scale cars and has traditionally sold more expensive versions of its cars in order to achieve higher margins that will encourage the production of cheaper models. In fact, CEO Elon Musk said last year that the company needs to sell more expensive versions of the car so that the company does not die. But as both The Drive and Electrek point out, it is strange that one of Tesla's cars will be delayed so close to the end of a fiscal quarter as the company raises the internal pressure again. So many cars deliver as possible.
Waiting a few weeks for a first class electric car does not seem like a big deal. But there is a ticking clock, namely, that Tesla's cars are slowly losing their eligibility for the electric vehicle tax credit. The company sold 200,000 electric vehicles sold in North America last summer. This is a milestone that the government has put in place so that the loan will not last forever. From January 1 this year, buyers were only eligible for a loan of $ 3,750. That drops back to $ 1,875 on July 1 and ends completely at the end of the year.
In a broader sense, the obvious delay shows that Tesla was unwilling to honor the promise of a $ 35,000 version of Model 3 when it was announced at the end of February. Remember that this car debuted almost three years ago and the final version was shown two years ago. Presumably, thousands of people on the pre-order list have been waiting to order the cheapest version of Tesla's "mass market" car. It has taken all these years, Hell's production, Hell's delivery logistics, and the decision to close down a number of retail outlets to get to the point where Tesla finally felt comfortable, as he did the $ 35,000 model last month 3 had announced. But there seems to be a bit more work this week.