Tesla Model 3 Sales One-tenth of What Was Promised
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September was supposed to be the Model 3’s big month. Elon Musk had promised "above 1,500 cars" would be built and delivered in September, but the production-challenged automaker only managed less than a tenth of that number. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Tesla’s launch flops in the past, and will not likely dampen the enthusiasm of the EVangelists who see the Model 3 as the big game changer for EVs in America.
Tesla was forgiven the slow launch and many production flaws in the Model S. After all, the Model S was an all-new idea; an EV that actually had decent range and fantastic performance. However, Tesla’s Model X launch flub didn’t really make sense. The company should have learned to better manage expectations, better prepare the vehicle before launch, and to ensure its production pipeline was firmed up before starting the delivery of that third Tesla model (remember the Model 3 is Tesla 4rth car, not its third – Roadster, Model S, Model X, Mode 3). Even after its launch, Tesla still missed production goals and misses its overall 2016 goal as well.
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Tesla clearly thought ahead on the Model 3. The company isn’t really selling the car to the general public at this point. It is filling orders from its own employees who are far less likely to publicize problems and complain about delays and glitches. Tesla is also hedging on repairs and recalls by planning to sell cars in California close to its home base before filling orders from its pool of hundreds of thousands of pre-orders farther away from the very limited Tesla repair facilities (Some states have zero locations).
With Tesla's Model 3 September being about a tenth of the expected production, it is unclear if Tesla still plans to be selling “5,000 per week” by year’s end. Having followed Tesla Launches in the past we wish the company luck.