But what about the $35,000 entry level model?
Right now, the only Tesla Model 3s rolling off the production line are rear-wheel drive variants with a single electric motor and a long-range battery, but that will eventually change. We’ve known for some time that a dual motor, all-wheel drive version is also coming, but now we have a better idea of when to expect it. Responding to a user on Twitter, Elon Musk has stated that the dual motor Model 3 will “probably” arrive in July, which will come as disappointing news to customers eager to own a Model 3 with AWD.
The reason for the delay? Tesla's CEO doesn’t want to introduce features “adding complexity that would inhibit production ramp” before the company reaches its production goal of 5,000 Model 3s per week. That’s a lofty goal, since Tesla is currently hitting a target of just over 2,000 Model 3s per week. This is a considerable improvement, but Tesla originally planned to hit that goal last December. A single interior option is also currently available for the Model 3, but this will also change as a white upholstery option will be available around the same time as the AWD model in July according to Musk.
Like the Model S and Model X, the dual-motor Model 3 should provide an improved range over the rear-wheel drive model, as well as much quicker acceleration. At least potential customers now have a better idea when to expect the AWD Model 3, but it could delay the $35,000 entry-level model, arguably the most important model that Tesla hopes will make EVs more mainstream, even further. Still, if Musk can hit his proposed targets with a steady production rate of 5,000 Model 3s per week and introduce new configuration options, July could prove to be a pivotal month for Model 3 reservation holders.
Musk also addressed a reservation issue with the Model 3. One user complained that those who reserved the Model 3 online were getting priority over people who waited in line for the vehicle. Another added that some who placed online reservations between April and June were getting invites to configure their car, while other people who waited in line on day one are still waiting for invitations. In a Tweet, Musk apologized and promised to “take corrective actions immediately.”