Tesla officially planned to release the Model 3 with dual motor all-wheel-drive in “mid-2018” and we have recently seen several signs that the new version of the vehicle is coming.
Now CEO Elon Musk linked the release of the new Model 3 powertrain with the automaker achieving a production rate of 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week, which he now expects to hit in July.
Earlier this year, we reported on Tesla registering 19 Model 3 VINs with dual motor powertrain with NHTSA in the latest batch of new VINs.
Then in February, Tesla registered a new batch of Model 3 VINs, including two dozen Model 3 VINs with the dual motor powertrain.
It raised Model 3 reservation holders’ hope that the new configuration could soon become available, but now Musk confirmed that it is still a few months away in a series of tweets last night:
The CEO also linked the timing with the release of the Model 3 white interior. Tesla currently only offers a single interior option with black upholstery.
The dual motor Model 3 is expected to deliver a slightly longer range and offer a quicker acceleration than the current single motor rear-wheel-drive version.
Last week, Tesla confirmed that they are now producing about 2,000 Model 3 vehicles per week.
What is most interesting here is that it implies Tesla expects to be able to produce and deliver up to 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week with a single configuration.
The Model 3 is currently only offered with a rear-wheel-drive motor and ‘Long Range’ battery pack.
The standard battery pack and the dual motor configurations are expected to be quite popular and represent a significant part of the overall orders from reservation holders.
Yet, Tesla appears to expect to have enough orders for the RWD Long Range Model 3 over the next few months to produce several thousand Model 3 vehicles per week over that period of time.
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