Tesla has decided to officially nail to the board the schedule for the introduction of the Model 3 affordable electric car – with “limited production” of the vehicle kicking off in July.
According to the latest reports, the first examples of the Model 3 will not be offered to the public, instead reaching Tesla employees and investors. As we already know the production trials have been initiated this month, and the California-based automaker has confirmed safety testing and materials sourcing are “on track to support volume deliveries by the second half of 2017.” Volume production is also scheduled to kick off in September, with the company promising 5,000 units per week by “sometime” late this year and 10,000 cars per week “at some point in 2018.”
Elon Musk, during a conference call, announced the company has decided to slowly ramp up production of the Model 3 – taking time to first address any potential issues. And introducing the new Model 3 – which has huge pending pre-orders – will require Tesla to seriously ramp up its production capabilities, and it has even started preparing the Gigafactory 1 (Gigafactory 2 is reserved for the Tesla solar plant in New York) for assembly of the car – while “we expect to finalize locations for Gigafactories 3, 4 and possibly 5” this year.