Current Tesla Model 3 deliveries are still only for employees and company insiders, but the automaker is expected to soon expand deliveries to regular customers with early Model 3 reservations.
The first sign of that happening would be to open the online design studio to let customers configure their vehicles ahead of deliveries and now it looks like Tesla is working to make that happen.
As we recently reported, Tesla increases Model 3 deliveries to employees and insiders and employees on the east coast were being confirmed delivery dates by the end of the month, which is a good sign for customers since they are next in line.
Customer deliveries have been guided for the end of October and therefore, they should open up the design studio to those customers any day now if they are on schedule.
Now Redditor incinie found through some sleuthing in Tesla’s online design studio code that the automaker is working on adding Model 3.
They added image assets to the online configurators for each color available on the Model 3. Here’s the list (thanks to Teslike):
Deep Blue Metallic:
Pearl White Multi-Coat:
Tesla already has a Model 3 design studio for employees with reservations in the US, but the options are limited to the color, wheels and Autopilot options.
With the start of customer deliveries, Tesla is expected to introduce more options for the vehicle, like the non-premium interior and the standard battery pack, which is expected to go into production in November. Those two options alone will reduce the base price of the Model 3 by $14,000 and bring the starting price back to the long-promised $35,000.
As a reminder before any Model 3 reservation holder gets too excited, Tesla has limited access to the online design studio during the rollout of new vehicles in the past. For example, Model X reservation holders were invited to configure their SUV in batches last year.
The same could happen with Model 3 as Tesla is trying to focus early deliveries in California. Therefore, it’s not clear if everyone will have access to the design studio, like Model S and Model X.
We should know a lot more in just a few weeks. Stay tuned.