Tesla finally launched its long-promised Model 3 earlier this month but it still not delivering them according to many media and owner reports.
In the call launching the Standard Range Model 3, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the first cars would be brought in two to four weeks. However, customers who have ordered Standard Range Model 3 cars have reported on at least three different Tesla forums that they have received texts from Tesla saying their deliveries have been deferred, and been given no updated delivery date.
As it launched the base Standard Range Model 3, Tesla also announced an unanticipated new model, the Standard Range Plus, with 20 miles of further range and Tesla calls a Partial Premium Interior.
In the base Model 3 announcement, Musk said that the company would close all its stores to cut sufficient prices to generate a return on the base Model 3 at $35,000. Since then it has inverted that decision and reopened most stores.
It has also raised costs on all of its other models to offset the losses from leaving stores open and building the $35,000 Model 3. In a blog post explaining the measure, the company said, "We will only close about half as many stores, but the cost savings are therefore only about half.”