Tesla has begun sending vague emails to Model 3 customers in the United States offering a chance to expedite their 3 delivery.
Tesla has just extended new Model 3 Basic Range Plus shipping schedules all the way to 2022, as we initially disclosed.
Today, some individuals who ordered the car said they received an email from Tesla saying they will get their automobiles sooner.
One of those buyers shared the email with Electrek:
We are contacting you about your Model 3 Standard Range Plus, currently estimated for delivery near the end of the year. We’d like to offer you the opportunity to receive your car even sooner. Due to limited supply and strong customer demand, we are introducing the Model 3 Standard Range Plus battery pack, which we already released in Europe and Asia, to North America. This battery has a range of 253 miles (est.).
If you are interested in taking delivery as early as September, please visit our inventory page and search for Model 3 Standard Range Plus vehicles. If you choose to order, your original order fee can be applied to the purchase price of your vehicle upon delivery.
We will continue adding inventory on a rolling basis. Please check back regularly for a refreshed selection. Thank you for your continued support.
The Tesla Team
The e-mail is baffling because Tesla alludes to the battery pack “Model 3 Standard Range Plus” that’s already on sale in the USA.
However, the carmaker mentions “already released in Europe and Asia,” implying the many variants of the Model 3 Standard Range Plus available in those regions.
At Ggiafactory Shanghai, Tesla manufactures a Model 3 Standard Range Plus with iron phosphate battery packs.
The carmaker supplies those automobiles in China and has lately begun shipping them to countries in Europe and Asia.
I doubt Tesla is bringing the Chinese-made Model 3 Standard Range Plus to the US, but it nearly seems like it.
Tesla could have sourced LFP battery cells and manufactured the same Model 3 Standard Range Plus automobiles as it does in China at the Fremont facility.
Based on the EPA requirement, it appears that the manufacturer anticipates the updated version to have 10 fewer miles of range on one charge. That is consistent with the Chinese version.
Although LFP cells are heavier than NCA and NMC Li-ion chemistries, they do have certain benefits in regards to lifetime and security.
Nevertheless, it’s an intriguing revelation and yet another illustration of Tesla’s miscommunication.