Tesla has registered 7,237 new Model 3 VINs, its largest single batch to date. The Elon Musk-led company has now successfully passed the 50k milestone for the Model 3, with a total of 51,699 registrations for the vehicle.
The new VIN registrations were shared on Twitter by @Model3VINs, a group that tracks Tesla’s filings for the compact electric car. The latest batch of vehicle identification numbers comes after Tesla’s record-breaking week earlier this month, when the company registered more than 5,000 VINs, followed by another 3,000 a few days later.
Tesla’s VIN registrations have seen a considerable spike this May. During the end of April, the highest vehicle identification number registered by the company was 33,719. Tesla has registered 17,950 new Model 3 VINs since then — a feat that previously took Tesla months to accomplish, considering that the company was only able to break the 17k barrier on March 23, despite the electric car maker starting production of the vehicle in mid-2017.
Elon Musk mentioned the tracking of Tesla’s VIN registrations for the Model 3 in Tesla’s Q1 2018 earnings call. While responding to a question, Musk explicitly mentioned the community’s close eye on vehicle registrations.
“People track registrations very closely. So at most, any information that we provide would be 1 week or 2 in advance of what will become public knowledge just due to vehicle registrations and shipments that are tracked very carefully,” Musk said.
Overall, the more than 7,000 new VINs recently filed by Tesla seems to be in line with with production estimates that were outlined in a leaked Elon Musk email last month. In that particular message, Musk stated that scheduled shutdowns of the Model 3 line are crucial to pave the way for Tesla to produce the compact electric car at higher volumes.
Musk’s leaked email further noted that a shutdown in April was expected to enable the company to hit a production rate of 3,000-4,000 Model 3 per week. Another shutdown is expected later this month, which is expected to allow the company to ramp the production of the Model 3 to 5,000-6,000 vehicles per week.
Once Tesla is able to maintain a consistent production rate of 5,000 Model 3 per week, the company would begin manufacturing the electric car’s next two variants — the dual-motor AWD and Performance Model 3. As noted by Musk in a series of tweets this past weekend, the dual-motor AWD Model 3 will cost an additional $5,000. The dual-motor AWD configuration allows the compact electric car to go from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, .60 seconds faster than the long-range RWD variant of the vehicle. The Model 3 Performance, on the other hand, will cost $78,000 with all options except Autopilot, while boasting a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 155 mph, and a range of 310 miles per charge.