The company is incentivizing an earlier delivery time if you opt for a $12,000 feature.
Despite it not being perfect, Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) package is an in-demand feature for many enthusiasts. The driver assistance system has its benefits as it alleviates a lot of the responsibilities of the driver to provide a more stress-free and comfortable commute. The feature, much like the base Autopilot functionality, is so confident that it even allows drivers to not pay attention to the road. This is a factor that has brought FSD under some scrutiny from experts in the field.
Adding FSD to a Tesla product is also a costly investment as it requires you to add $12,000 to the purchase price. The package is available as a monthly or annual subscription but the costly once-off option does offer the best long-term value.
As a means to invite more possible Tesla customers to opt for the FSD package, it looks as if the brand is incentivizing selecting the option with an earlier delivery date. As researched by electrek, if you are looking at placing an order for a Tesla Model 3, adding the FSD appears to bring the delivery date forward by a whole month. In the Model Y, this is more drastic with the configurator stating you'll get your car a whole four months sooner.
Considering that the Model Y is currently the most popular product in the country, according to Experian's research data, bringing the delivery date forward as an incentive for the FSD package is a compelling offer. Tesla has not detailed how popular this driver assistance package is in its entry-level range so there's no way of telling if the majority of consumers who plan to place an order for a Model 3 or Model Y would be annoyed by this.
Interestingly, the larger Tesla Model X and Model S models do not benefit from the same shortage of delivery time with the selection of FSD. It is also curious how the EV manufacturer can speed up the production of a car when so many other manufacturers are omitting technical features due to the semiconductor shortage.
Tesla has already revealed that it is struggling with the supply chain shortage as well but it has proven to manage the crisis a bit better than companies such as Toyota who has been forced to cease operations at a number of its facilities due to a lack of the crucial component.