Last month, Elon Musk handed over the keys of the first lot of the Tesla Model 3 to the 30 customers. A total of 50 Model 3s have been rolled-out of the company’s Fremont, California based manufacturing facility, out which, 30 were made for customers, and 20 for internal staff and other purposes, including one for Elon Musk himself.
But it took almost a year for Tesla to deliver this first batch of vehicles from the plant, which will take some more time to get into its full production capacity. And according to Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, once the plant is at its full capacity, it will still take 12-18 months to deliver the customers who have already booked the cars, let alone the customers who are in process to book the car.
Apparently, that’s too much waiting for some customers, as they cancelled their pre-orders. The information was given by Tesla’s quarterly earnings meeting, where Musk revealed that out of 518,000 total cars booked for now, only 455,000 bookings are standing legit, according to Recode. This means that a whopping 63,000 Model 3 orders have been cancelled.
“Those cancellations occurred over the course of more than a year,” Musk revealed. “I think [these numbers] are inconsequential. With a small amount of effort we can easily drive the Model 3 reservation number to something much higher but there’s no point. It’s like if you’re a restaurant and you’re serving hamburgers and there’s like an hour and a half wait for hamburgers, do you really want to encourage more people to order more hamburgers?”
In the event organized last month to hand over the deliveries to 30 customers, Musk promised that the production "will grow exponentially until we achieve full production," but, still, if you order a car today, you won’t get it for 12 to 18 months. Musk also clarified on his ‘manufacturing hell’ remark. “When I said ‘manufacturing hell,’ I meant it,” Musk added. “We know this, we signed up for it. Not blaming hell because we bought the ticket. This is maybe the best I've ever felt about Tesla, to be frank.”
Tesla has laid an outline to produce about 5,000 units of the Electric car every week by the end of this year and by early next year, the number will rise to 10,000 examples weekly. Next year onwards, Tesla will also start manufacturing the all-wheel drive version of the car. In the second half of 2018, Tesla will begin deliveries to markets outside the United States. As for the Right-hand drive models, including the ones made for India, they will be assembled starting 2019.
Just so you know, Tesla Model 3 is launched for $35000 for Standard Edition with 220 miles mileage, with a 0-100 kmph acceleration in 5.6 seconds. The Long Range Edition is priced for $44000 with a mileage of 310 miles and a 0-100 kmph acceleration of 5.1 seconds. There’s other host of paid features to make your Model 3 worthy.