Tesla-CEO Elon Musk tweeted today that Tesla as acquired transport capacity to avoid a delivery bottle neck for Model 3 deliveries. Already last quarter Musk mentioned the delivery hell that Tesla is in.
While traditional automakers can consider a car delivered, when it is delivered to a dealership, Tesla – which has no dealership network but company-run Tesla-store – can only then consider a car delivered, when the car is handed over to the customer. To consider a car delivered from a fiscal perspective, transport capacities which guarantee timely delivery become critical.
Furthermore, Tesla having reached 200,000 electric vehicle deliveries means that tax rebates of 7,500 dollars are running out and thus Tesla has to deliver those cars before the end of the year to customers, who have ordered the cars with those discounts in mind.
Elon Musk elaborated on what he means with transport capacity. On the one hand Tesla seems to have acquired transport companies, and on the other hand reserved capacity with companies. As no official filings of acquisitions have been made, insiders assume that Tesla bought some smaller transport companies that it has been doing business in the past.
In addition to the U.S. and Canada deliveries, Tesla is also preparing for the first Model 3 deliveries to Europe. Since November 14th, the first Model 3 are in Tesla stores around the continent, including Düsseldorf, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Norway. Tesla is planning to deliver 9,000 Model 3 to Europe in Q1 2019
This article has also been published in German.