Tesla's stores in Los Angeles and Palo Alto, CA debuted something special today, with the two showrooms becoming the first in the United States to feature the Model 3 on display.
Distribution of Model 3s around the country will initially be based on where the most reservations for the auto have come from, and Tesla is planning to make the vehicle available for test drives at a to-be-determined time in the future.
Visitors to Tesla's store in Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto and Century City Mall in Los Angeles, core markets for first Model 3 deliveries, will have the opportunity to view, sit in, and experience the much-talked-about mass-market electric vehicle. The other is at the company's showroom in Century City, near Los Angeles.
Starting from tomorrow, Tesla's Stanford Mall in Palo Alto and its Century City Mall in Los Angeles will become the company's first two retail locations to have a Model 3 on display.
The company is also hiring beyond the approximately 500 employees who are now working on the site.
Tesla says it hopes that putting the Model 3 on display at its stores will give customers a chance to experience the vehicle while they wait to take delivery.
It's no secret Tesla has encountered some Model 3 production challenges in the early going.
It also follows on comments back in November from Tesla CEO Elon Musk that the product was being put through a half-year testing program before full deployment, and that "it just takes a little while to get this behemoth rolling".
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Anyone ordering a Model 3 now will receive it in 12 to 18 months, according to Tesla.
At that time, Tesla said the product could be rolled out as soon as the summer of 2017.
Tesla has also imposed production burdens on itself, promising four new electric vehicles: a pickup truck, a semi, a new "Roadster" supercar and a compact SUV.
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