Due to high demand, the Tesla Model S and Model X orders have been further delayed by up to 4 to 5 months. This means if one were to order a Tesla today, they’d likely wait until June.
The delayed delivery times apply to both the U.S. American market, as well as the European one. Furthermore, Tesla spoke of the start of delivery after four to five months, which leaves some space for additional delays.
The newest business reports regarding the fourth quarter of 2017 show cumulative sales of the Model S and Model X of 28,425 models, setting a new sales record. The new sales high stands a good 10% ahead of the sales for the third quarter of 2017, and 28% more than the year before.
Tesla has hinted that more may have been possible, but sales were capped to prepare for the rollout of the new Model 3. In principle, Tesla may find themselves forced to limit production of the Model S and Model X to 100,000 vehicles per year, due to contractual limitations with suppliers; in particular Panasonic.
In conclusion, Tesla is joining the growing group of vehicle manufacturers that are battling with supply chain problems. The Peugeot iOn, the Kia Soul EV and the Renault Zoe have also experienced delays by months, while customers who buy a new Hyundai Ioniq EV or an electric Smart may wait up to a year.
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