Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

As we have explained before, even though the Model3Tracker website shows us only a fraction of total Tesla Model 3 reservation holders (8,763 registered reservists or 2.3% of the latest confirmed total reservations).  Still, the tracker is the only resource of its kind out there, and it paints an interesting picture of what people may be considering in regards to their Model 3, and an abrupt poll change this week, did just that.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

However at this point, it's pretty safe to say that the majority prefer Tesla's "D" (dual-motor all-wheel drive) models. This is because there are plenty of reasons to justify such a preference, the most notable of which are longer range and improved performance. According to Model3 Tracker, about 70 percent or respondents initially planned on opting for the dual-motor Tesla Model 3.

Fast forward to now, and Elon Musk, as part of a recent Tweetstorm, shared that the latter models will not come to production first, but rather the rear-wheel drive models will be the first out of the gate. Tesla is aiming to keep it simple at first, and for good reason.

However, it seems that some people were quick to change their tune and opt for the rear-wheel drive Tesla Model 3, if it means that their reservation will move up the list. Model3Tracker saw a sudden "spike" in respondents changing their options to rear-wheel drive, instead of the "D." Despite this noticeable shift, of the 7,000 respondents, the vast majority is still willing to wait for the all-wheel drive variant.

It seems that Elon Musk was made well aware of people's sentiment over this new information, due to a plethora of comments around the media segment. The CEO was fairly quick to respond that the AWD version could be in the hands of early reservation holders, prior to the end of 2017.

Paul Carter, Model3Tracker's manager concluded:

“As it stands now, 29% are wanting Rear Wheel Drive. From the year end report, it stood at approximately 25%.” 

“The large majority of Model 3 reservation holders want the dual motor configuration and willing to wait for it.”

Source: Teslarati