gpsman wrote:It has been widely reported that the base model 3 ($35,000 MSRP) costs Tesla $41,000 to make.
This is like the Black Friday "loss leaders" to get you into the store, where you will most likely buy more stuff.
The TV news here in San Jose, CA, next door to Tesla headquarters is reporting, and rightly so, that very few, if any, Tesla Model 3's will be sold at $35,000.
If you insist on ordering one, your car will be a bottom priority, and you will get a very distant build date. Tesla has no incentive to sell this car to you, and every incentive NOT to.
They MUST sell the auto-pilot, etc. that costs $500 to manufacture, at $5000 to you, to get into the black.
P.S. Everyone here considers a Bolt without a $750 DCFC as un-resellable. A base Model 3 will therefore be worse than the black plague. People will laugh you out of town.
To be fair, it was also "widely reported" that the Bolt was losing $9,000 per car, but the loss was later adjusted to $7,400.https://cleantechnica.com/2017/05/20/ub ... rofitable/
Read one of TSLA's 10Q filings. Unlike GM, Tesla is a growth play, not a company focused on profitability or otherwise concerned about being valued on a price/earnings metric (yet). It's all about growth, and putting up big numbers to support continued market confidence, and investment in Tesla. For that reason, Tesla has EVERY incentive to sell a car to you, or at least to book your order.
I get that you're a fan of the Bolt, and love your car, however to suggest a base Model 3 will be worse than the "black plague" is a little over the top.
Compared to a Bolt without the DCFC option - the base Model 3 still includes supercharging, and membership into that vast network of supercharging stations. Also, unlike the Bolt, there won't be thousands in inventory sitting unsold. There are 500,000+ pre-orders for the Model 3. Should someone opt not to buy their base Model 3 - and it suddenly becomes available - rest assured, Tesla won't have a problem selling it to someone else in the queue.