Last week, Tesla officially started Model 3 deliveries to customers unaffiliated with the automaker or SpaceX, whose employees and relatives have access to priority delivery.
But that very first delivery had special circumstances since it was on the bucket list of a man with terminal cancer.
Now we have received several reports of regular Model 3 buyers receiving confirmation for deliveries within the next few days.
After the automaker sent out the first two batches 3 weeks apart, we were getting reports of several more reservation holders getting their invitations over the last 2 weeks.
The company seemingly sent another batch of invitations last week, as we confirmed with several more reservation holders. They were all told that delivery would happen about 4 weeks after they confirm their orders.
Interestingly, several of those buyers couldn’t get a confirmation for their delivery, but that has changed this week.
Electrek received almost a dozen reports from Model 3 buyers receiving confirmation from Tesla for deliveries over the next few days.
Model 3 buyers who receive invites in the second batch are also starting to get delivery confirmations for next week.
Tesla is still limiting the options where owners can take delivery of the Model 3 as it trains its sales and service staff with the new electric car, but they are expanding beyond Tesla’s new delivery center in Marina del Rey for LA deliveries and Tesla’s Fremont delivery center or its San Francisco store for the Bay Area.
They tell buyers that the delivery process can take between 45 and 60 minutes and several buyers told Electrek that Tesla is coordinating Model 3 deliveries through inside sales staff in Las Vegas.
Despite all this, configuration invites and deliveries are still limited to early Model 3 reservation holders in California who are current Tesla owners.
Again, things are starting to get interesting with the Model 3. It’s hard to gauge the actual delivery volume from this anecdotal evidence, but it looks like it’s definitely significantly increasing.
Earlier this week, I reported that ‘Tesla is primed to have a stellar quarter for deliveries‘. I based my prediction on strong Model S and Model X deliveries, but Model 3 is the wild card.
I estimated total Model 3 deliveries during the quarter at 1,000 units, but Tesla could potentially surprise in the last two weeks of the year.
On top of those new deliveries being confirmed, Tesla is definitely ramping up Model 3 deliveries with hundreds of vehicles spotted at delivery centers, then suppliers said that weekly production is increasing to 5,000 units, and they are accelerating the pace at which they send out invites to configure.
It looks like some Model 3 reservation holders could get a cool Christmas surprise.
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