Tesla Model 3 reservations holders would rather wait for dual motor AWD

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  1. Teslarati Bot

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    Initial demand for a dual motor Tesla Model 3 was high, with over 70% of Model3Tracker.info survey respondents noting that they were planning to order the AWD version of the affordable electric sedan. However, a notable change in the poll data occurred after Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that only rear wheel drive versions of Model 3 would be produced first, followed by the more sought after dual motor variant “6 to 9 months” after.

    The team behind Model3Tracker saw a spike in configuration adjustments shortly after Musk’s reveal which indicated that some Model 3 reservation holders were willing to do whatever it takes to become a first recipient of Tesla’s upcoming self-driving Model 3. The graph below shows the number of respondents making a change from all wheel drive to real wheel drive following Musk’s announcement.

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    However, it’s important to note that the shift in sentiment only represents a very small fraction of nearly 7,000 respondents, and counting. The large majority of Model 3 reservation holders want the dual motor configuration and willing to wait for it.

    Model3Tracker has continued to provide valuable insight into the thought process of the Model 3 reservation holder ever since the vehicle’s debut one year ago. Visibility that 93% of respondents were planning to upgrade from the base model, at the very least, reinforces Musk’s estimate that the average sales price of the Model 3 will be closer to $42k versus the $35k base price.

    “As it stands now, 29% are wanting Rear Wheel Drive. From the year end report, it stood at approximately 25%.” notes Paul Carter of Model3Tracker.

    New data from the reservation tracking site shows the strong preference for an all wheel drive dual motor Model configuration from both first time Tesla buyers and existing owners.

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    Model 3 reservation holders are clearly excited about the upcoming Model 3 launch event and anxious to find out what the final specifications will be for the highly anticipated mass market sedan.

    Just yesterday, a black Model 3 release candidate version with two additional sensors was spotted testing outside of Tesla’s Silicon Valley-based headquarters. With three months remaining before Model 3 is expected to go into low volume production, we expect to see very minor updates being made to the release candidate.

    If you’re a Model 3 reservation holder, be sure to help the community by logging your choice of Model 3 configurations in Model3Tracker.info.

    [​IMG]Black Tesla Model 3 release candidate spotted on April 4, 2017 in Los Altos, CA.

    Also, if you think you spotted a Model 3, send us a tip with photo directly from your iOS or Android phone!

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  2. danzgator

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    This is a bit of a stretch. It assumes that everyone that input information is aware that Musk said AWD would be delayed, and that everyone in the survey that changed their mind would login and change their specs because of the news. I can't even remember what I spec'd, but will get the the RWD to maintain my spot in line, or move up. I'm sure there's more people that can't be bothered to update their specs like me than ones that are logging in at each news update.
     
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    This data is riddled with flaws.
    #1 - Users are self selected (you don't have a random sampling of the whole - whatever it is that leads people to know about, sign up for, and/or give information to that website, may also lead to biased selections.)
    #2 - Users aren't facing actual dates and prices yet.
    #3 - Not all users who have changed their mind will log into the website again to change their selection. Not all people even realize Musk made those announcements via twitter.
     
  4. Lamont

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    I will be waiting for the dual motor. It makes no sense to not buy what you really want.
     
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    #5 gizmowiz, Apr 5, 2017
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    It will always tick me off that Tesla decided AWD Tesla fans have to wait and bypass the Federal rebate as a result. Considering were making them the larger profits this is so opposite of the way that Tesla sold model 3's and X's. So many of us are ticked off. Their decision makes no economic sense. In fact if just 4% opt for the RWD that would have bought the AWD at its substantially greater price, then using an estimated $9,000 AWD option price Tesla just threw away close to $100 million dollars (4% x 70% x $9000 x 400,000 reservationists for AWD option > $100 million). I don't think it's investors care too much for that kind of logic.
     
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    #6 Michael Russo, Apr 5, 2017
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    @gizmowiz ... I hate to sound like a broken record, yet how can you be so sure you would have missed on part of all of the federal tax credit... if you would not have cancelled your reservation, that is...? ;)
     
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    You hate it heh? Seem to me your enjoying it. Happy your number is one higher heh?
     
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    Last thing I'll say, @gizmowiz ... I get no joy from reading about someone's frustration and/or anger with T≡SLA, particularly for reasons that, IMHO, I don't fully understand... Again, I do get you wanted AWD, as well as to benefit from the full US tax credit. Before you decided to cancel, I remember trying to respectfully suggest to you to take a breather & hold on, before concluding (again, very much IMHO) hastily that the two would be incompatible...
    Yet, of course, I look forward to getting my Midnight S≡R≡NITY whenever feasible... ;)
    Take care.
     
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    The more I look at it the more I'm willing to wait for the Model Y (or an MB EQ, looks more comfortable and like the dashboard better and it's AWD). M3 Rides too low for an older guy to get in and out. ModY will most likely be AWD, totally new design and easier entry/exit. Worried about the M3 ride and handling, no feedback whatsoever so far. M3 is a stripped down little car and little cars have a lot of tire/road noise. I'm early in line for the M3 but $45K is a lot to spend just to be disappointed even a little bit because it gnaws on you. As Lamont above points out it makes more sense to wait for what you want.
     
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    #10 vincent wolf, Jul 21, 2017
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    I would concur with that summary. I too am considering waiting but possibly for the pickup truck. I wish, and dream, it would be SUV style like the 4WD Chevy Avalanche of old--the most versatile SUV/Truck ever made. I can carry 20' rebar in my Avalanche--try that with a current style pickup truck! That mid-gate is priceless to me. Range isn't important if it has 180-200 miles with a 100 to 120 kW battery that's fine with me. I don't mind stopping on highway every 3 hours to charge up as my bladder won't go more than 3 hours anyway! The only problem with this is no rebate darn.
     
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    In the end you've got to get the car you want... my only advice remains, since neither the Y not the EQ (please do not lose sight of the Supercharger advantage T≡SLA continues to have, for the foreseeable future..!) are anywhere near reservation feasibility yet, to hold on to your Model 3 reservation until you can see the car and even better drive it... If you like it enough, you could always take it as bridge option for a couple of years... Resale value is likely to be high... :)
     
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    I read somewhere that the way the duel motor would work is that one of the motors would engage in stop and go driving, then disengage and switch to the other motor for highway driving........so not a true AWD drive train ?????

    Am I wrong ?? Can someone offer some clarification
     

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