Apparently, a Tesla is designated as a production vehicle, once Elon Musk has his.
So, how long do you think it will be before those other than TSLA insiders or employees are allowed to buy 3s?
How long before TSLA even releases the model 3 specifications and pricing?
Does Tesla's version of a 'production' car meet muster?
OTHER AUTOMAKERS WOULD CALL THESE MODEL 3'S PRE-PRODUCTION CARS BASED ON THE AMOUNT OF TESTING INVOLVED
Ready or not, the Tesla Model 3 is on its way. Tesla head Elon Musk says the first production Model 3 is built and worthy of the road.
This “production” car Musk revealed with a tweet on Saturday is still full of mystery, though: We have no full official spec sheet, interior photos or pricing information beyond the $35,000 starting MSRP. For a car going into consumers’ homes, this is abnormal. However, Tesla isn’t a normal car company, so we’ve come to expect these kinds of things from them.
That said, there are legitimate questions as to the level of testing and preproduction work done on the Model 3...
http://autoweek.com/article/green-cars/ ... uction-car
Tesla Model 3's margin for error? Zero
Tesla has painted itself into a corner with the new Model 3 sedan, the company's first high-volume vehicle. Without a nationwide dealer network, the margin for errors in product development, engineering and manufacturing is zero or close to it.
While Tesla has pioneered over-the-air fixes for software glitches and to update the Model S and Model X, that strategy isn't going to work if the Model 3 leaves the plant with parts that don't fit properly or that break.
With the low-volume Model S and Model X, Tesla sends a truck to collect vehicles that need repairs when the customer is not close to a service center. That plan is impractical for the Model 3, which starts at about $35,000 and has a backlog of at least 325,000 orders. Tesla hopes to be producing 1 million cars a year by 2020.
While the Model 3 has had a typical product development cycle, engineering and manufacturing details about the sedan remain sparse. But the Model 3 launch likely will be among the most scrutinized of any in recent auto industry history.
Looking at the Model 3 from a manufacturing standpoint, nothing can go wrong without costing Tesla immense amounts of cash to rectify...
http://www.autonews.com/article/2017071 ... error-zero