One customer says they've scheduled their Model Y delivery for March 11.
The Tesla Model Y might start deliveries even earlier than expected, it seems, with the first examples possibly set to go out by Wednesday, March 11.
Granted, that's if a Reddit user by the name of u/HIP2013 is to be believed. The Redditor recently posted that they received a phone call from a Tesla representative to schedule the delivery of the new Y on March 11 at Tesla's Rocklin, California showroom just outside Sacramento. The poster believes they were among the very first US customers to reserve the new electric crossover, placing a reservation even before the vehicle was officially unveiled last March.
If u/HIP2013 is telling the truth, Tesla Model Y deliveries may be starting several days before the widely reported start date of March 15th. That date was cited by a number of Model Y Performance and Model Y Long Range AWD customers who began receiving delivery confirmation emails last month.
Either way, Tesla's new affordable electric utility vehicle is imminent, and that's a pretty big deal considering what it might mean for total sales in 2020. Last year, the reasonably priced Model 3 helped Tesla set a new personal best for annual deliveries, with more than 367,000 vehicles delivered around the globe. This year, with the help of the Model Y, Tesla is looking to grow that to half-a-million vehicles.
The elapsed time from public debut to the start of deliveries for the Tesla Model Y is also significant because it shows how much the company has learned from years of development and manufacturing miscalculations. The relatively young electric car manufacturer has historically been poor at setting realistic product timelines, facing numerous product delays and shortfalls in production ramp-up. The Model Y, which was first unveiled about a year ago, is taking comparatively little time to get into customers' hands.