Elon Musk announced via Twitter that the Model 3 will be making its debut in July, meeting a goal set by Musk. The tweets, say that there will be a handover party on July 28 for the first 30 customer cars, “Model 3 passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule. Expecting to complete SN1 on Friday,”. He later tweeted, “Handover party for first 30 customer Model 3’s on the 28th!”
This may make it seem like things are running right on schedule for Mr. Musk but, as was the case for all of his other vehicles, the Model 3 is actually running well behind the original production plan. The second tweet sent out by Musk that announced the production capabilities for the next few months, “Production grows exponentially, so Aug should be 100 cars and Spet above 1500.” A third tweet states that the current goal is to have 20,000 cars produced in December.
TFL’s EV expert, Anton Wahlman, was kind to break down his thoughts on the Model 3’s production thus far. He was very quick to point out that the original production plan promised 100,000-200,000 cars in 2017, a goal that is already well out of the picture. Anton is rightly skeptical that Musk will even meet his promise to deliver 20,000 units in December. Best-case scenario, Anton believes we will see no more than 20,000 units by the end of 2017, which is a mere fraction of the promised 100,000-200,000. As a result, Anton expects Tesla to see big losses in 2017 and 2018.
To brush up on all of the Model 3’s technical specifications, you can check out our article on that here.
While the Model 3 is finally making its way off the production line, don’t expect to be getting yours for quite some time.
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