Tesla Model 3 Orders Start As Buyers Wait In Line Outside Stores
The hype is strong
John Voelcker/Motor Authority
March 31, 2016
Eager buyers have already put down deposits to reserve a Tesla Model 3 in those time zones where Tesla Stores are already open today, including both Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.
Meanwhile, lines of Tesla fans and future Model 3 owners are waiting patiently in queues outside dozens of Tesla locations in later time zones.
While Tesla Motors initially planned to make all reservations available at the same time today (10 am Pacific) around the world, the company changed its plans last week to allow stores to take reservations as soon as they opened.
EFTM, a site covering autos, technology, and lifestyle, interviewed the first person to reserve a Model 3 in Sydney, where Tesla Store staffers handed out muffins and cookies and chatted with the crowd before the doors opened.
Waiting buyers can outside Tesla Stores can be seen in numerous tweets from Hong Kong; Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, Germany; London and Leeds, England; Montreal and Vancouver in Canada; and Sunnyvale, California, among other locations.
As much of the coverage highlights, all of these potential buyers are putting down deposits of $1,000 without knowing the details or specifications of the actual Tesla Model 3, and without any guarantee of when they'll actually receive a car.