I shared earlier this week that Tesla was sending more Model 3s to various showroom across the U.S.  See Model 3 on display in more showrooms including San Diego, Scottsdale, Washington DC, and Southlake, Texas.  Now, we are seeing firsthand reports of reservation holders waiting in line to view the Model 3 and how their experience was.

Mark McMillen posted some photos in the Model 3 Owners Club Facebook group showing the line in front of the San Diego Tesla showroom.

He also shared that the line was about 1.5 hour long, and that each customer would get 60 seconds in the back seat followed by 60 seconds in the front seat.

Let’s break this down further.  Tesla is able to get one customer every 60 seconds in the car, but probably needs another 15 seconds or so in between customers.  So, let’s call it 75 seconds per customer.  Over the course of an hour, that’s 48 customers.  On Saturday, the San Diego showroom is open from 10am to 9pm, so that’s 11 hours.  In total, Tesla is able to accommodate 528 customers in a day.

Other customers have reported Tesla was offering water and also sharing about Tesla Solar to customers waiting in line.

It’s great to see Tesla showrooms finally having the Model 3.  I’ve always felt with the Tesla showrooms that the high price tag of the Model S and X made it intimidating for most people to enter and engage in Tesla showrooms.  But with the Model 3 and it’s $35,000 price tag (or even less with incentives) I think it makes the Tesla showrooms all the more appealing and accessible.

On Wednesday TMC member Ying, shared his story of how he went onto a curb and hit an office building in his Tesla because of “sudden unintended acceleration”.  Ying explained, “I was pulling in to my office parking spot where I parked for 6 years, I let the car slow to roll closer in front of the curb. All of a sudden the car accelerated, got on the curb, hit the office building. The car was still going until I applied the brake.”

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TeslaWeekly.com launches this week

This week I’ve launched teslaweekly.com as a website for Tesla news and info. I’ll be posting articles on the website and I’m also looking for contributing writers. If you’re interested, send me an email.

It’s been almost 3 1/2 years since I started the Tesla Weekly newsletter. My primary reason was to keep up with the news myself but also to give deeper thought and analysis to the events surrounding Tesla. I’ve always felt Tesla is a more significant company and movement than most realize. And most, if not all, media outlets tend to treat Tesla news with a rather generic and shallow approach. It’s rare to see in-depth analysis and deep thought in articles about Tesla. And that’s the main reason I’ve kept going with this newsletter until now. This was further highlighted more recently as I’ve compared my experience with the Model 3 with other reviews from various media outlets. I think most reporters/journalists and folks in general are under-appreciating the significance of the Model 3 and what Tesla has and will accomplish.

TeslaWeekly.com as a website will distinguish itself from other media outlets, including those that cover Tesla, by asking the deeper questions. We’ll ask the question “why” because we really are interested. And the goal isn’t just to provide the latest news but to encourage deeper thought and understanding.