Tesla Model 3 Reservations Hit 325,000, Musk Rejoices Somewhere Cool and Fancy
April 7th, 2016 1:53 PM Share
As promised, Tesla has revealed the tally for first-week orders of the upcoming “affordable” Model 3 electric car, and it’s good news for the company.
It’s also bad news if you ordered late and are hoping to show off your ride anytime soon.
As of today, the electric automaker has taken over 325,000 reservations on the
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Published April 7th, 2016 1:15 PM
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Elon's "launch" consists of what amounts to a shiny show concept car that will require two to four years of development, reliability and endurance testing and government-mandated safety certifications, let alone massive production tooling, before the first one rolls off the assembly line, if past auto industry experience is a guide. I hope the "early adopters" have patience. What people don't realize is that it took Detroit talent and experience to bring the Model "S" to market. Elon extolled the high-tech aspects of the vehicle without giving credit to the old-school auto platform developers. Now, according to reliable reports, a lot of that Detroit talent has since left Tesla. Mr. Musk could have a real challenge on his hands delivering on the Model "3" before 2020.
Heard on an exorbitant-entry-fee golf course four years from now: "I just got my new Tesla!" "Really? Which one is it?" "It's the Model 3" "You mean like a Model T or Model A?" "Oh, no...Model 3" "You do know that sometime in the 1950s manufacturers started giving actual model names to cars, right?" "They did?" "Yeah, and then some years later they had really cool names that really meant something, like TORONADO, RIVIERA and ELDORADO" That's why I have eleven GM cars and SUVs, with actual names. No Tesla needed, ever. TESLA, the rock band from Sacramento, yes!!
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Tesla's range is double that of any other full EV on the market. They've also addressed the road trip/range anxiety factor with their ever growing Supercharger and Destination charger network. Tesla's chargers are both free at point of use, and conveniently located for those on road trips. Even as competitors move to build EV's that match Tesla's range, they are doing nothing to address the Supercharger side of the Tesla equation. If I buy a Bolt, Leaf 2.0, BMW i3, etc. I'm stuck using J1772 or CHAeDeMO chargers that are not as conveniently located, not as fast, and not necessarily free. According to CHAeDeMO's website, a disturbingly large percentage of their installed base is located at Nissan dealerships. Road trip charging is an incredibly important part of the EV equation the major OEM's are all completely ceding to Tesla, because they still, fundamentally, view EV's as compliance cars.