So what do you think is going on with the non-Tesla-employee deliveries for 2017?
- We hear and see that Tesla has stockpiled a couple hundred Model 3s at or near delivery centers. They look complete, and ready to deliver.
- Of 77 people who have already configured, zero have reported taking delivery, according to a teslaownersclub.com spreadsheet
- At least a couple of forum denizens appear to have had deliveries scheduled, only to have them canceled or postponed, with flimsy explanations from Tesla.
- Next week, customers will start drifting away to Christmas vacations and the like, so it will become much more difficult to schedule and complete deliveries.
I assumed Tesla was planning to make a big splash with a few hundred non-employee deliveries this month, but that seems less likely with every passing day. Is there something wrong or incomplete with the stockpiled cars - missing batteries, bad quality, software not-ready-for-primetime? Are they planning to make 500 deliveries on New Year's Eve? I really don't get it.
I feel certain they'll deliver a few non-employee cars this month, just so they can say they did it. But I'm now thinking it may only be a very small number. Mr. Musk did say the ramp-up curve is difficult to predict, and it could get shifted from December to January. Maybe that's what happened?
Your guess is as good as mine - whaddaya think?