New details from an email that was reportedly sent by Tesla to employees with Model 3 reservations confirms Elon Musk’s plan to deliver the first vehicles to employees that are registered in California. Those looking to take delivery of their Model 3 at the Fremont factory will also receive the special priority.
Tesla has generally prioritized its employees and company investors, as a token of appreciation for their support, but more so because employees allows Tesla to maintain a short feedback loop. “It’s good to have a feedback loop before customers experience them.” said Musk earlier this year during a quarterly earnings call.
Getting the vehicle into the hands of Tesla employees serves as a means to tap into a segment of new owners that are likely to be more familiar with the car and brand than the general public, and also have a vested interest in seeing the brand succeed. As such, this core group will be more tolerant of early bugs and can provide concise feedback to the Tesla team.
However, those employees looking to take an early Model 3 delivery so they can churn a profit by reselling it will be stopped in their tracks. “Because employees are receiving special priority, all Model 3 cars prioritized to employees must be registered to you or your family member and may not be resold for more than the original price. Reservation holders will agree to these terms when their order is placed.” reads the email.
Tesla is set to take stage this Friday, July 28 and reveal the full details behind its first affordable, mass market electric sedan. The Model 3 delivery event, which will be live streamed from a company webcast, will also showcase the top 3 winning submissions for best fan-made Tesla commercial.
Here’s the entire email sent by Tesla to its employees:
Each employee reservation holder will receive an email the evening of July 28 with details regarding their Model 3 reservation. Deliveries of Model 3 will be generally prioritized by geography, starting with owners registered in California or those taking deliveries at Fremont. Because employees are receiving special priority, all Model 3 cars prioritized to employees must be registered to you or your family member and may not be resold for more than the original price. Reservation holders will agree to these terms when their order is placed.
Please note the following to ensure that you can access your Model 3 reservation on your Tesla account and receive employee priority:
If you placed your Model 3 reservation under your company email address, no action is needed.
If you placed your Model 3 reservation under a personal email address, please log in to your Tesla account and update your “Account Email” to your work email address.
If you have questions regarding your reservation, visit the Tesla Support site. Tesla will send more details on delivery plans, FAQs, and reservation updates after Friday.