Following Tesla’s report that Model 3 volume production has been delayed by three months to March 2018, the electric car maker officially updated its expected Model 3 vehicle delivery window on its website.
“Thank you again for your Model 3 reservation. We’re making significant progress clearing early production bottlenecks but, as we continue to work through them, your estimated delivery timing will now be slightly later than we originally expected. Over the next 24 hours, you can log into your Tesla Account at any time to view your updated delivery window.” read an email sent to Model 3 reservation holders.
Reports from day-1 reservation holders in California and New York who lined up in the early hours of ‘Model 3 Mania’ are seeing a pushback in delivery date by approximately one month. Those that opted for a Long Range, single motor Model 3 with premium upgrades can expect to pay a minimum of $49,000, but in exchange for the opportunity to be one of the first customers to take delivery. Tesla’s Model 3 delivery estimator indicates that the original Oct – Dec 2017 delivery date has been pushed back to to Nov – Jan 2018. At the same time, first day reservation holders looking to purchase the 220-mile Standard Model 3 can expect delivery in “early 2018”, while delivery for the dual motor Model 3 is expected to take place sometime between June and August 2018.
“Thank you for your patience and, more importantly, for believing in a sustainable energy future. We’re working hard to make it happen.” said Tesla in its email to reservation holders.
The delivery date pushback comes as Tesla continues to work through its Model 3 production constraints. CEO Elon Musk revealed during the company’s Q3 earnings call that the software responsible for manufacturing two of the four Model 3 battery modules needed to be rewritten “from scratch”.
“We had to rewrite all of the software, from scratch. We managed to write 20 to 30 man-years of software in 4 weeks.” said Musk in explaining the level of reprogramming needed on the mechanical elements of Model 3’s automated manufacturing process.
Tesla expects to produce 5,000 units per week in the first quarter of 2018, followed by a larger ramp up in the second half of the year.