By most accounts, Tesla Model 3 is the coolest thing to ever happen to electric cars. It’s like a hip nephew of the trailblazing Model S. The technology, performance, and style are all there. Then the fact that many more people can afford Model 3 makes it a home run. But we’ve heard about awesome future EVs from many automakers. To date, the only one with a real production schedule is Chevrolet Bolt EV.
So we hold Tesla to the same standard we’ve held the rest: Talk to us when it’s available to buy and drive. (Seriously, let us know. We made a reservation.) Until that day comes, skeptics will be out there circulating theories about why the release date is fictional or more likely to arrive in 2019. We don’t blame them. After all, Model S and X both had significant delays, and complaints about early build-quality suggest they were appropriate.
This plan of attack will not work for a car Tesla hopes to sell in high volume right off the bat. Delays on 100,000 orders and/or production issues would create a nightmare for the company at the moment it expects to enter the limelight. Here are four things the EV maker can do to avoid major Model 3 delays.