Want Your Tesla Model 3 Before 2019? You'd Better Act Fast

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Time’s a wastin’ if you want to impress your friends and neighbors with a gee-whiz Tesla Model 3 anytime in the next three years.

As he’s known to do, Tesla founder Elon Musk took to Twitter last night to warm wannabe owners about the growing wait for his $35,000 electric sedan. If you’re just lining up for a Model 3 now, consider signing a lease for another vehicle while you wait — you probably won’t have to terminate it early.

“Tesla is increasing the production ramp as fast as possible, but I’d recommend ordering a Model 3 soon if you want 2018 delivery,” Musk tweeted.

You snooze, you loose.

There’s already about 400,000 Model 3 reservations on the books, with production not kicking off until late next year. It wasn’t long after orders began that questions started popping up about the lengthy wait.

Recently, Musk said he’s hoping to get 100,000 to 200,000 Model 3s out the door before the end of 2017, with existing west coast Tesla customers getting first dibs. In a perfect situation, there’ll be no supply issues, no delays in production, and the company’s Fremont factory will ramp up production (of all Teslas) to 500,000 units a year in 2018.

Even then, you might not see your Model 3 until 2019. The 200-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV could be due for a styling refresh by then.

No biggie for Tesla enthusiasts, though. There’s plenty of hard-core fans willing to wait until the end of the world to get their hands on Musk’s brainchild.

[Image: Tesla Motors]

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  • Kurtamaxxguy Kurtamaxxguy on May 06, 2016

    Sorry but I don't comprehend Tesla 3 mania. We have a promised car that cannot be test driven nor in any way evaluated for at least 2 - 3 years, yet +400K people get in line paying $1000+ for privilege of getting one. Are any of 'em planning to flip their 3's (as the Tesla X owner selling his X to Ford did) ?

  • Orenwolf Orenwolf on May 07, 2016

    This is why I reserved. To exercise some level of control over what is likely to be a very supply constrained car. I just got a new car, so I'm content to wait. I can walk away with my money back at any time, after all.

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    • Sgeffe Sgeffe on May 08, 2016

      @porschespeed I've always been a cheap SOB, so I spend $1k reluctantly. (Even $100 gives me pause. $50 buys what $20 did fifteen years ago.)

  • Philipwitak Philipwitak on May 07, 2016

    i put a grand down when porsche first announced availability of the boxster nineteen years ago and ended up waiting nine months for the car. all things considered, the tesla wait seems very do-able to me.

  • Shaker Shaker on May 08, 2016

    Comparing Musk to Madoff is disingenuous at best - There are tangible benefits to the U.S. in what Musk is trying to do; I hope to see the Model 3 on the street ASAP, and that the $1k "gamble" of all those people pays off. Sadly, I'll be on a fixed income by the time the 3 is available, so my Volt will have to do.