Carmageddon for Tesla Model 3



Posted by Ed 7 mths ago
Carmageddon for Tesla Model 3: US Deliveries Plunge 55% to 60% from Q4, Laid-off Delivery Employees tell

Most everyone in the US who ever wanted & could afford a high-priced Model 3 now has one?

Pent-up demand for luxury cars in the era of Carmageddon is a tricky thing, especially when tax credits phase out.

Details trickling out over the 3,200-plus layoffs Tesla announced on January 18 are starting to paint a picture of what is happening on the demand side for the Model 3 in the US. According to two laid-off employees cited by Reuters, the company has gutted its delivery team of 230 people at its Las Vegas facility that delivered tens of thousands of Model 3s to buyers mostly in the US but also in Canada.

About 150 of the 230 employees on the team have been let go, the two sources said who were among those let go, as the company struggles with deliveries that have plunged from the pace in the fourth quarter last year.

The federal tax credit of $7,500 was cut in half to $3,750 at the beginning of the year after Tesla’s EV sales rose past the 200,000-threshold in 2018. Yet the $35,000 Model 3 that CEO Elon Musk promised in 2016 remains a distant promise.


Ed 6 mths ago
Musk shed some light on part of the reasons: “The demand for Model 3 is insanely high. The inhibitor is affordability. It’s just like people literally don’t have the money to buy the car.”

Likewise quipped Ed: "The demand for private jets is 'insanely high. The inhibitor is affordability. It’s just like people literally don’t have the money to buy the car.”

Ed 6 mths ago
Tesla Model 3 Range Down 42% In Cold Weather?

How much is the Tesla Model 3’s range impacted by cold temperatures?

According to YouTuber Moshe (The Electric Israeli), his Tesla Model 3 range was down some 42 percent during a recent holiday trip to New York City. Temperatures in the area plummeted to about 17 Farenheit (-8 Celsius), and the wind chill made it feel much colder. We’re not surprised that the car provided less range, as it’s well-known that vehicles aren’t as efficient in the cold.

This is especially true for electric cars, but there are many factors, and it also depends on what steps you take to “help” the issue. With that being said, some of those steps may or may not be possible based on your situation.

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