After a slow start, it looks like Tesla is finally picking up Model 3 deliveries this week.
Hundreds of Tesla Model 3 vehicles were spotted at delivery centers in California this weekend as regular customer deliveries are reportedly starting.
As expected last week, the early Tesla Model 3 reservation holders that were in the first batch to be invited to configure their car without the Tesla employee priority delivery are starting to take delivery this week.
It wasn’t clear if this would mark an increase in the delivery volume since we had no update on the production bottlenecks that were slowing down the Model 3 production ramp up, but now it looks like it’s the case.
We have received several reports of Model 3 vehicles spotted at Tesla stores and delivery centers across the US – and especially at Tesla’s Fremont delivery center near its factory, where hundreds of Model 3 vehicles were spotted.
Here are two videos of people going through the facility’s parking lot:
To be clear, we don’t expect all those vehicles to go to regular customers – some of them are likely still for Tesla employees, but it’s the largest concentration of Model 3 vehicles we have seen yet and it coincides with the start of regular customer deliveries.
We also noted last week that Tesla sent out the second batch of invites to regular customers with targeted deliveries within 4 weeks.
On the earnings call last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that despite the current production bottlenecks delaying the Model 3 ramp up, he still expected Tesla to reach a production rate of “a few thousand units” per week by the end of the year.
I don’t think we have evidence of that kind of level of production just yet, but it is encouraging to see deliveries quite clearly increasing.
We reported last month that Tesla had produced around 580 Model 3s over the first 5 months of production.
Now I wouldn’t be surprised if they at least double the number over the last two months of the year.
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