It seems Tesla has been reaching its production goals for the highly-anticipated Model 3 sedan. However, while they’re starting to hit the numbers, it also seems new issues cropped up with actually delivering those cars to customers. One prospective Model 3 owner posted this tweet:
There are 42 Tesla’s sitting at the Union Pacific Railroad in SLC. My car is one of these. I’ve been told I was getting delivery the 8th, then the 15th, then the 20th, then the 22nd, and now my delivery has been delayed indefinite. @Tesla @elonmusk… Please make this right. pic.twitter.com/bAiFjDDU5c
— Megan Gale (@megangale) September 17, 2018
Interestingly, Elon Musk responded: “Sorry, we’ve gone from production hell to delivery logistics hell, but this problem is far more tractable. We’re making rapid progress. Should be solved shortly.”
Several other customers took to social media, venting their frustration at the slow delivery process. As the company moves past its earlier issues actually building the car, now it’s on to the next hurdle. Now, the hope is that Tesla sorts out the problem quickly, as there’s a new promise looming on the horizon. Those who wanted the affordable Model 3 may get their wish at some point in the near future. Musk claimed Tesla will start production on the entry-level Model 3 sometime within the next eight months, according to a Carscoops report.
Why the Delay?
Tesla decided to build the more expensive, and more profitable, versions of the Model 3 first. This meant that the dual-motor and performance models, which can cost upwards of $60,000, were the first ones delivered.
However, for the people that pre-ordered a Model 3 wanting one in the $35,000 range, a tangible date is now on the horizon. Tesla have given themselves a deadline of April 2019.
Once those base-model Model 3s do get delivered, the should have a range of 220 miles and a 0-60 run of 5.6 seconds.
Tesla working on in-house repair network
Tesla also announced that they are working to launch more service centers so that they can bring collision repairs in-house. This should help reduce the amount of people that have to pay $7,000 to repair a fender ding.
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Check out a Model 3 Performance take on a McLaren in this quick video below: