Another Line Forms: Dual-motor and Performance Tesla Model 3s Start Production in July, Musk Says

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Replying to an over-enthusiastic superfan on Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said orders will start this month for the dual-motor and performance variants of the Model 3 sedan. Currently, Tesla’s Fremont, California factory only cranks out the rear-drive, long range model.

Production of the higher-end models begins in July, Musk claimed, but the CEO failed to give reservation holders waiting for a base $35,000 sedan anything new to go on.

“Tesla will enable orders end of next week for dual motor AWD & performance,” Musk tweeted. “Starting production of those in July. Air suspension prob next year.”

The CEO added, “Note, that’s when we *start* making them. Can’t instantly fill all orders. Will take 6+ months to do so.”

A July start date for dual motor production is pretty what Musk suggested after being asked via Twitter last July (by the same guy, no less). In that exchange, Musk estimated “the middle of next year.” Earlier this year, he said “probably July” in response to a similar question.

Tesla wants to hit its 5,000-vehicles-per-week production target for the Model 3 before adding “complexity” to the assembly line, Musk said at the time — a target, already pushed back, that sits at the end of June. It isn’t known if dual motor production will go ahead as planned if the target isn’t reached.

As for the much-touted $35k base model, that one won’t see the assembly line until the end of 2018 (at last report). That’s a pushback from an earlier prediction. While it’s been a long wait for reservation holders, many holding out since 2016, it’ll become even more painful when they see pricier variants added to the Model 3 line first.

It’s expected that adding a second motor will nudge the Model 3’s 310-mile driving range upwards a bit, while the performance model will likely see a range decrease to match its boosted acceleration.

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  • Incautious Incautious on May 14, 2018

    PT Musk I mean Barnum. A sucker born every minute.

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    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on May 14, 2018

      @walleyeman57 There is no comparison; Preston Tucker built 51 cars. Tesla has built 250,000 with a lot more vertical integration.

  • Indi500fan Indi500fan on May 14, 2018

    Is it reasonable to assume the $7500 credits are used up by the time the first base model is delivered?

    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on May 14, 2018

      I think that's a reasonable assumption. And then we'll see a lot more cancellations, because the subsidy helps the low-end buyer more.

  • Lou_BC Question of the day: Anyone actually care to own an old TVR?
  • Bd2 First, this was totally predictable. 2nd, Genesis already does have hybrids in the form of a 48V mild hybrid, but more performance oriented (supercharged and turbocharged), so not really helping with regard to fuel consumption. 3rd, Hyundai's hybrid systems don't really help as there currently isn't one that would be suitable power-wise and the upcoming 2.5T hybrid system would have to be heavily reworked to accommodate a RWD/longitudinal layout. 4th, it seems that Genesis is opting to go the EREV route with the GV70 the first get the new powertrain.
  • Bd2 Jaguar's problem was chasing the Germans into the mid size and then entry-level/compact segments for volume, and cheapening their interiors while at it.
  • 3-On-The-Tree Aja8888 I expected that issue with my F150 starting at 52,000mi. luckily I had an extended warranty and it saved me almost $8,000. No more Fords for me, only Toyota.
  • Lou_BC I saw a news article on this got a different read on it. Ford wants to increase production of HD trucks AND develop hybrid and EV variants of the SuperDuty. They aren't scaling back EV production. Just building more HD's and EV variants of HD's .