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Consumers who have been anxiously awaiting delivery of Tesla’s $35,000 Standard Model 3 are being asked to wait longer.
TMC members who placed orders for the Standard Model 3 when it became available last month are reporting that Tesla has informed them that it won’t make the 2 to 4 weeks delivery timelines originally promised.
Members reported receiving a text saying: “Our apologies, we will need to reschedule your delivery appointment to a later date.A Tesla representative will reach out when we have a better estimate of your delivery timing.”
Several members, however, have received delivery of the Standard Plus Model 3, which was made available for order at the same time. The Standard Range base model starts at $35,000, travels 220 miles on a single charge, has a top speed of 130 mph and will go from 0 to 60mph in 5.6 seconds. The Standard Range Plus is $37,500 with 240 miles of range, a top speed of 140mph, and a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.3 seconds. The Standard Range Plus also offers features like power seats and a better sound system.
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Twitter earlier this month that the standard battery pack Model 3 won’t hit volume production until mid-year.
Musk explained that while the base Model 3 is being produced and delivered to early reservation holders, manufacturing of the cars won’t hit full stride for a few more months.