Tesla is asking US customers if they'd be willing to change configurations to get their cars quicker.
Tesla is asking customers across the US if they'd like to change their Model Y configurations to get their vehicles sooner, sending out an email to early buyers who ordered the seven-seat Y rather than the five-seater. The EV manufacturer doesn't expect to get around to actually starting 7-seater production until 2021, while 5-seat models are slated to begin deliveries as soon as March.
This suggests that the anticipated pace of five-seat Tesla Model Y production far exceeds the number of orders, which could create issues as Tesla continues to ramp up production and round out the model line.
Tesla is kicking off production with the Model Y Performance and Model Y Long Range AWD before adding additional models. That means that for the moment, Model Y configuration options are seriously limited - at least for customers who want their vehicles anytime soon.
"If you'd like to take delivery of your Model Y next month, you can adjust your order to the standard five-seat interior, removing the $3,000 seven-seat interior upgrade cost," Tesla's email to customers read in part.
We're having a tough time imagining that Tesla would have any trouble finding buyers for each of its yet-unsold Model Y stock, unless customers by and large are holding out for the cheaper, more basic trim levels en masse.
On the other hand, this could all mean that Tesla is anticipating on being able to turn out a ton of Model Ys this year, and for a company that's long struggled with reaching its production and delivery goals, a bit of extra capacity might not be such a bad thing.
The Tesla Model Y started low-volume production in the later half of January, just under a year after its initial public unveiling. That timeline from debut to production might be a new record for Tesla, which has historically been plagued by development and startup issues, struggling to launch new vehicles within the promised timespan.