Tesla Model 3 production timeline

Tesla Model 3 production timeline

The Tesla Model 3 has entered the market, but now it's time for a  long ramp-up through "production hell" till volume satisfies demand and fulfills some 500,000 reservations.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

A lot of reservations holders are wondering when they will be able to get a Model 3, but it varies a lot on the customer side:

  • market (U.S. first, beginning in California, and then international)
  • Tesla employee priority
  • Tesla S/X owner priority
...as well as on the manufacturing side, because the pace of the production increase for new features, AWD and right-hand drive is only estimated. And those estimates are very likely to change.

Here is what we know so far from the Tesla Model 3 FAQ:

Tesla Model 3 deliveries:

  • June: Production began with Long Range version only for employees
  • July 7: car #001 delivered to Elon Musk
  • July 28: total 30 first Model 3 delivered
  • August: ≈100 units to be delivered
  • September: more than 1500 units to be produced
  • October (late): Customer deliveries to begin
  • Fall: White interior option, non-Premium Upgrades
  • November: Standard version (from $35,000) to enter production
  • December: production rate to hit 5,000 a week
  • Spring 2018: Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive version to enter production
  • H2 of 2018: International deliveries of left-hand drive versions to begin
  • 2019: Production and deliveries of right-hand drive versions to begin
You can check the estimated delivery date of your Model 3 here, if you have a reservation, that is.

Tesla Model 3 production plan

Tesla Model 3 production plan

One of the first 30 Tesla Model 3s delivered in July

One of the first 30 Tesla Model 3s delivered in July

Model 3 Reservations FAQ

I have a Model 3 reservation. When will I be invited to configure my car, and when can I take delivery? You can find your estimated delivery date now here.

We are working hard to deliver Model 3 to reservation holders as soon as possible and will give you frequent updates on our progress to build and deliver your car.

Our production ramp will follow an S-Curve, meaning that it will begin slowly, grow exponentially, then start to trail off once we achieve full production. This is because we can only go as fast as our slowest supplier or production process (and the Model 3 has almost 10,000 unique parts). It’s difficult to predict which step this will be until we get further into the production ramp.

How will I receive an invitation to configure my Model 3? We will send you an invitation to configure your Model 3 to the email address you used to place your reservation. Confirm your email address is up to date here. Invitations will be sent based on the date and time you placed your reservation, whether you are an employee, if you own a Tesla, and if we have started production in your country.


Production "Hell" is mapped out by Tesla for the Model 3

Which future options will be made available to order, and when? We are planning to introduce the following options in the coming months:

Fall 2017: White interior option, standard configuration (non-Premium Upgrades) November 2017: Standard Battery, $35,000 car Spring 2018: Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive

Additional options will become available over time.

Will there still be a $35,000 Model 3 option? Yes. Our first production Model 3 vehicles are preconfigured to ensure a smooth production ramp so that we can deliver more cars to more customers at a faster pace. The beginning configuration is a Long Range Battery with rear-wheel drive and premium upgrades, starting at $49,000. These vehicles come with three options for customization: wheel size, exterior color and Autopilot features.

Additional configurations, including the Model 3 with standard equipment for $35,000, will become available as production ramps, which we expect to be in November 2017.

We are shipping our first cars to employees now and expect to begin shipping the Long Range Battery configuration to customers in late October. The Standard Battery configuration will be available very soon thereafter.

Which features come standard with Model 3 for $35,000? Model 3 is designed to be the safest car in its class, with 220 miles of range, and zero to 60 mph acceleration in 5.6 seconds. Standard features also include full self-driving hardware, Supercharging capability, a rear glass roof, a 15” touchscreen display, Wi-Fi and LTE internet connectivity, free over-the air software updates, full LED lighting, and an 8-year, 100,000 mile battery warranty.

Will I be able to see and test drive Model 3? In the coming months, you will be able to test drive Model 3 on display in select Tesla stores. We will share more information on test drives soon. Sign up for the Tesla newsletter to receive the latest news, events, and product updates.

When will international deliveries begin? Every country has its own set of rules and regulations, which means that we effectively must build a different car for different markets. This means international Model 3 deliveries will begin in late 2018, contingent upon regulatory approvals, starting with left-hand drive markets, followed by right-hand drive markets in 2019. We wish we could do all this faster and get you your Model 3 right away. No action is required from international reservation holders now. We will contact you closer to the start of production for your country.

What type of payment options are available for my Model 3? We currently support cash purchases and loan financing on Model 3. You can apply for financing through your Tesla account as your delivery day approaches.

Does Tesla accept trade-ins? Yes. When your Model 3 order is confirmed, you can request a trade-in through your Tesla account.

Will I be eligible to receive incentives for purchasing Model 3? You may be eligible for local or federal tax incentives when you purchase your Model 3. We recommend speaking with a tax professional for guidance, as some incentives may depend on your personal tax situation. For more information, please visit tesla.com/incentives.

Will I need to order Model 3 as soon as I receive my invitation? For the fastest delivery of your Model 3, we encourage you to place your order as soon as you receive your invitation. The invitation to configure your Model 3 will have a link which will allow you to either configure your vehicle, or save your place in line and wait until later to order. We will continue to send invitations to reservation holders on a rolling basis, however delivery timing cannot be confirmed until an order is placed.

Where can I take delivery of my Model 3? We will assign you a delivery location based on your registration address after you’ve confirmed your order.

I have relocated to a different state or country since placing my Model 3 reservation. How can I update my address? You can update your registration address in your Tesla account here.

Can I use my Tesla owner priority on more than one Model 3 reservation? Yes. If you own one Tesla, you will receive priority for one Model 3 reservation. If you own two or more Teslas, you will receive priority for up to two Model 3 reservations.

Is there a way to accelerate my Model 3 invitation and delivery? Tesla owners receive priority Model 3 orders, so you can accelerate your Model 3 invitation and delivery by purchasing a Model S or Model X first. Otherwise, the fastest way to receive your Model 3 is by placing your order as soon as you receive your invitation.

What is the cost of Supercharging for Model 3?

Model 3 comes standard with the hardware necessary to utilize the global Tesla Supercharger Network. A small fee will apply for Supercharging—which is only a fraction of the cost of gas.


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