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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tesla Model 3 Variants Coming: Standard Range, AWD

The Tesla Model 3 is a game-changing car. There is no other electric car available that checks all of these boxes:
  • Affordable
  • Long Range
  • Nationwide Fast Charge Network
  • Beautiful Styling 
  • Awesome Performance  
You can find 2 or 3, maybe even 4, on other offerings, but the Model 3 is the only EV out there that ticks all 5 of these boxes. Tesla had their first employee deliveries in July os 2017 and they have been in "Production Hell" ever since trying to ramp up the volume of cars that they can crank out each week. There are now signs that they may have emerged from the bottleneck phase of early production.

I am a Day-1 reservation holder for the Tesla Model 3. As a currently Tesla owner on the west coast of the US, I'm near the front of the line for delivery (behind employees and owners in the Fremont zipcode). According to Tesla's website, I could configure my car today and have it in less than 4 weeks. I, however, have not configured my car because I would like the all-wheel-drive (AWD) dual motor version of the car which is not yet available.

You can see below, for my place in line, Tesla's estimate has been that I'll receive my car in the July to September timeframe of this year.

Periodically, I've been checking the website to see if this estimate has changed or if I could configure my AWD car. This week, I was surprised to see that my estimate had changed. Here (below) is my new estimate.

It's possible that this new estimate is not specific to me, but more of a general statement of when they will start delivering these vehicles, but I am optimistic. A spring delivery would guarantee that I'd receive the full federal EV incentive. Add the state incentive to that and that is $10,000 off the price of my new ride; not a bad deal for an awesome car.