Earlier today, CNBC published a poll asking “Would you put down $1,000 for the new Tesla Model 3?”. After over 12,000 respondents, the results showed that a strong majority were going to place a $1,000 deposit for the vehicle. Then later in the day, Tesla CEO Elon Musk mentioned the poll on Twitter and said that it “looks like we may need to increase production plans for the Model 3”:
Looks like we may need to increase production plans for the Model 3 pic.twitter.com/fmCPFC9FEm— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 29, 2016
Musk probably made the comment half-jokingly, but as Jon mentioned in his post this morning: Don’t Wait: Why you should reserve the Tesla Model 3 on Thursday, we are indeed expecting a significant backlog of Model 3 reservations in the next few days – yet we should not take that poll seriously.
The results would have been extremely impressive if they would have accurately represented CNBC’s regular readers, but they simply don’t.
Not long after CNBC published the poll, it was posted to Tesla’s popular subreddit, forums and Facebook groups. It was basically hijacked by Tesla fans tipping the balance.
But if the ~10,000 people who voted for either of the two options for placing a deposit are really going to do it, it would already be impressive.
The Tesla Model 3 will be unveiled at Tesla’s Design Studio in Hawthorne, California, on March 31st at 8:30pm Pacific. If you want to reserve the vehicle, Tesla revealed all the reservation process details per region and here’s everything we know about the vehicle.
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