We are just a month in the Tesla Model 3 production ramp and vehicles being delivered are still only for a few lucky Tesla employees and insiders, mainly in California and especially in the Bay Area.
But now Tesla started bringing the Model 3 around to its other locations in the US and one vehicle has even been spotted as far as Louisiana.
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The Model 3 in question, VIN #301, is apparently being toured around Tesla stores and service locations.
Tesla has been promising test drives to reservation holders and therefore, a fleet is expected to reach more locations in the US, but in the meantime, employees still have the priority for reservations.
Not all of them (Tesla has now over 33,000 employees) had the chance to test drive or even see the vehicle in person yet and therefore, they could use some experience with this engineering car going around the country.
Service and body shop employees also need to familiarize themselves with the new vehicle before customers start taking delivery later this year.
The Model 3 VIN #301 was spotted in Texas earlier this week, but it has already made its way to Monroe, Louisiana, where John Biscevic spotted it. He agreed to share a few great shots of the vehicle with us:
We wouldn’t be surprised to start seeing the vehicle make its way east – so stay on the look out and you might get the chance to be among the first to see the brand new all-electric vehicle in your region.
As we previously reported, Tesla is focusing the early production Model 3 to the higher-end version of the car with the premium package and long range battery pack. The company expects to only deliver around 1,500 units between July and September.
October is expected to be when Tesla starts to more significantly ramp up deliveries and open access to regular customers.
In November, Tesla plans to start production of the less expensive standard battery pack: you can read our recent exclusive report on Tesla’s Model 3 battery pack.
Deliveries outside of the US and production of the dual motor all-wheel-drive version of the Model 3 are expected to start later in 2018.
Stay tuned to Electrek as we try to track the progression of the production ramp as closely as possible. Things should start to get more interesting in the next month or so.