Tesla Is Missing Model 3 Projections And Its Customers Couldn't Care Less

Model 3 reservation holders are willing to wait for the most anticipated car this year

2y ago

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There's been a lot of bad press about Tesla recently. Elon Musk seems to be getting crotchitier by the day, responding to tweets of random people and giving cryptic messages online. He also showed his frustration by screaming "SHAME" at reporters on a conference call about the Model 3, originally reported by Jalopnik. On top of that, Model 3 production has been delayed, a lot like the Model S when it was first ramping up production, and Tesla's head of bettery tech just bailed. Signs are not good.

But yet, none of the Model 3 reservation holders seem to really care about all this. As Bloomberg reported, despite all the delays and bad press, these holders aren't budging and they want their Model 3s still.

"Brian Lawley was among the first to reserve a Tesla Model 3 after standing in a lengthy line in March 2016 to plunk down $2,000 for not one but two reservations. Almost 20 months later, he’s not going anywhere -- even though the wait just got longer.

Even as the company led by Elon Musk struggles with manufacturing bottlenecks and pushes back production targets by at least a quarter, many reservation holders aren’t budging. Bloomberg News contacted 20 consumers who paid deposits for the Model 3 and none had canceled their orders. Regardless of the concerns raised by slower output and an uncertain future for U.S. electric-car tax credits, Nomura analyst Romit Shah predicts the affinity for Tesla Inc. products will prevail.

“I just want Tesla to get the Model 3 right, even if it takes them an extra six months,” said Lawley, 53. “I view any delays as a good thing to make sure that the quality is excellent.”

Lawley and the rest of those 20 holders shows one thing about Tesla: consumers are willing to wait and ignore the static about the company. WIll the Model 3 bring Tesla and the EV to the next level as far as mainstream adoption? I believe yes. The Model S isn't going anywhere and Tesla has only increased in popularity in the last few years with consumers.

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Comments (32)

  • Elon Man Musk just cant handle it, let the EV tesla crap die on the vine and the real automakers can take over

      2 years ago
    • you guys are delusional. Elon doesn't even want to be in the car business, he wants to be in teh battery business. He is just doing Tesla to push the timeline on conversion to electric so that he can get scalability on his battery factories...

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        2 years ago
  • There is no doubt about it. Tesla 3 customers are fools. This is same type of lemming like behavior that causes people to wait on line all night to buy the latest iPhone in a failed attempt to make themselves appear "cool".

      2 years ago
    • Right on the first part totally... Wrong on the second part... also totally. Dont compare Apple to Tesla or their customers either.... not even close here. Apple makes quality best selling products and delivers.... and they are on their...

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        2 years ago
    • Yes Apple makes quaity products, I am using an iPad to type out this post, but the need to appear "cool" within their customer base drives the pointless lemming behavior. There is absolutely no ration reason to wait on line for hours or even...

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        2 years ago
  • Damn sheep who take out loans to buy their new completely non practical toy with which you can't drive through the whole country if you suddenly get a desire to do so. A car supposed to mean independence, Tesla is the opposite

      2 years ago
    • who the heck can drive cross country on the drop of a hat? I can't take two days off of work without planning to make sure I don't endanger a project timeline.

        2 years ago
  • The only way Tesla can screw this up now is if every model3 they ship arrives on fire.

      2 years ago
    • No it's when US government will fully cut tesla of subsidy

        2 years ago
    • actually that makes zero sense. The cars cost 35K without a subsidy, which is only a little higher than the gas powered competition of a similar quality and trim. The first few thousand will get the subsidy anyway but once they scale up...

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        2 years ago
  • At the Numbers are that what counts and a company which is making constant loses will get a problem soon or later. Investors didnt make their founding for fun. The Company is also NOT INOVATIVE. Nothing fancy on that car (i mean high tech) is produced or developed by themselves and that will make it hard in future for them, as everybody else can just go to them same suppliers (what already happens) and buy that stuff too. So there is no unique value in their company beside of the "Musk Effect" which is a bit like Steven Jobs was in Apple. - Its really mostly carried by marketing which sells the people "we have a innovative product". - Which isnt actually the case in the real world.

      2 years ago
    • I think you need to brush up on your legal knowledge if you think anyone can just go to Tesla suppliers and buy the same stuff. Proprietary rights, exclusivity, IP and penalty clauses for a start.

        2 years ago
    • I think you need to brush your knowledge. Mercedes already using (mostly month before) same tech for their cars. S-Class had the "Autopilot" with a more conservative settings (which was at the end the right decision) before. The E-Class...

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        2 years ago

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