Trying to wrap my head around Teslas production strategy now that Q1 MX deliveries are known at 2400 vehicles. The press release states, “By the last full week of March, the build rate rose to 750 Model X vehicles per week.” This equates to 1650 built during prior 12 weeks (137.5 per week average)
March 11th I received an email from Tesla stating, “Right now we're producing Model X 90D with 6-seat and 7-seat configurations. If you would like to change your Model X to one of these configurations, you could take delivery in April/May”
Surprising they began producing 90D’s that early given the ‘mid-2016’ estimate and low build rate in early March.
But why offer ‘free’ config changes to the 6/7 seat P90D/90D to those confirmed with 5 seats.
If 3000 MX’s can (theoretically) be produced per month in P90D/90D with 6/7 seats, doesn’t this offer imply a significantly low purchase to reservation ratio in those configurations?
And to those who did switch from 5 to 6/7 seats to ‘help’ Tesla maximize production now that they optimized the line for that configuration and will receive in April/May (theoretically), why were you willing to switch?
If no one switched from 5 seat to 6/7, Tesla would have produced all of the pending P90D/90D 6/7 seat orders and would have to move on to next ‘most expensive/easiest/whatever’ configurations of confirmed orders, i.e. the P90D/90D 5 seat.
I am test driving 6 seat ‘prototype’ MX on Sunday at Palo Alto dealership, since my confirmed order in Jan precluded an invitation to Meet the X roadshow.
90D 5 Seats all the bells and whistles