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Published on March 23rd, 2016 | by Kyle Field

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Model 3 “Camp Out” List Goes Live To Connect Eager Customers

March 23rd, 2016 by  

We knew it was likely to happen but now it exists for real. The masses are converging on Tesla stores around the world with campers planning to stakeout the stores hours ahead of the opening time. With demand for an “affordable luxury car,” Tesla fanaticism is peaking.

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One organized user has put together a Google Doc list to see who is going to be heading to each store and at what time. This is a fun way for folks to find out who they might be in line next to before they’re actually in line. It’s about community, commiseration, and, ultimately, about getting into a Tesla and driving electric. 🙂

What’s neat about this list is that it will also help users to “load balance” if they are near several stores (as is the case in Los Angeles and several other metro areas) and switch stores to line up at a store that might have a shorter line than others. Another tactic that seems to have cropped up is to show up a bit earlier, with many users noting that they’ll come by the night before or the morning of to see how things are looking, with an option to jump into line then if it looks like things are going to get crazy.

Is this a sign of the end times? Or maybe just a sign that Tesla has finally arrived as one of the latest tech companies to build fanatically perfect products… with a purpose to boot? They may not have achieved the mainstream adoption of Apple and Google, but to those of us who love cleantech, saving the planet, and Tesla, it is already much larger and, more importantly, hitting its stride in mainstream society.

These next 2 weeks are sure to be exciting with such massive news being spilled. Share in the comments if you’re planning to head over to snag a Model 3 reservation in person and, if you’re so inclined, add your name to the list. 🙂

 
 
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  • Jeff Peterson

    This reminds me of when people camped out for the new Windows 97? Also, how about the people getting in line for the new iPhones??? I will patiently wait for the new Bolt EV. 🙂

  • Ivor O’Connor

    Seems there will be a lot of unhappy Tesla owners when they end up having to wait until the next decade for their Model 3. Then again you can put an Apple owner in line for a week, camped in the cold, and they won’t complain and keep on buying Apple. So maybe Tesla need not worry either…

    • Kraylin

      A significant difference is Millions of those camped out for Apple products leave with one in their hand that day…

      That and of course the vast difference in sale price of both products…

      I think those that line up should be well informed enough to realize the wait will be long. The bigger problem is as people learn more about Tesla and desire their products they won’t be able to simply buy one easily… that is a problem.

    • Kraylin

      A significant difference is Millions of those camped out for Apple products leave with one in their hand that day…

      That and of course the vast difference in sale price of both products…

      I think those that line up should be well informed enough to realize the wait will be long. The bigger problem is as people learn more about Tesla and desire their products they won’t be able to simply buy one easily… that is a problem.

  • vensonata

    Something is wrong with the “comment number” on the opening page of Cleantechnica. The numbers shown beside the article are different or non-existent compared to the comment number at the bottom of each full article. This unfortunately fails to display the actual interest and comment updates on the articles.

  • vensonata

    Question: Will the model 3 affect the cost of second hand model S and X? If a new ev is available with 225 mile range for 35,000 minus 7500 = $27,500, then why pay $50,000 for a slightly larger used Model S? I suspect the price of used model S (perhaps not the X since it is a suv) will suddenly drop by 10-15,000 the moment the model 3 is available for actual purchase.

    • It may be a couple years before they can catch up with Model 3 demand, but I think you’re right.

      • Kyle Field

        Exactly my sentiment. It will be a few years still before they can catch up with demand. Over that time, there will be a new Model S, newer innovations in Autopilot and autonomous driving, etc. The older Model S versions will not command a premium because they won’t have all the latest and greatest features. We may have this problem in 5 years but by that time, Tesla should have another car or two in the stable, another factory or two and another gigafactory or two…

    • neroden

      Yes, it will affect the cost of used Model S. Some people may still want the larger car, of course. Model S will definitely be larger than Model 3.

      The tax credit will expire for Model 3 sometime in 2019, guaranteed. As a result we’ll be looking at $35K for a new Model 3, not $27500.

      I expect 2018 and 2019 production to be sold out before the first Model 3 is produced, so I think we won’t see an effect on the used Model S market until the waitlist is shorter, and at that point I think the tax credit will be gone.

      The price of used (not CPO) model S is already drifting down to $45K (admittedly for three-year-old cars with 40,000 miles on them — so reverting to an absolutely standard depreciation curve). I suspect you’re right and we’ll see a significant drop in used Model S prices; it’s probably going to end up reverting to the standard depreciation curve. (At least in the near term. It’ll take 20 years before people start figuring out that electric cars age differently and the depreciation curve changes.)

      The really interesting thing is how cheap used Model 3s are going to be. Around the beginning of 2020, two-year-old model 3s will probably be selling for around $24,000 and competing with the lower-end new-car market. Until new BEVs are available in that price bracket, that’ll probably set some sort of floor and all Teslas will retain that much value for quite a while.

      • Ivor O’Connor

        I think of the Model S’ costing between $75 and $125K. I’m thinking of the Model 3’s being between $50 and $100K. It will be fun to see who is right in the end.

      • Ivor O’Connor

        I think of the Model S’ costing between $75 and $125K. I’m thinking of the Model 3’s being between $50 and $100K. It will be fun to see who is right in the end.

    • neroden

      Yes, it will affect the cost of used Model S. Some people may still want the larger car, of course. Model S will definitely be larger than Model 3.

      The tax credit will expire for Model 3 sometime in 2019, guaranteed. As a result we’ll be looking at $35K for a new Model 3, not $27500.

      I expect 2018 and 2019 production to be sold out before the first Model 3 is produced, so I think we won’t see an effect on the used Model S market until the waitlist is shorter, and at that point I think the tax credit will be gone.

      The price of used (not CPO) model S is already drifting down to $45K (admittedly for three-year-old cars with 40,000 miles on them — so reverting to an absolutely standard depreciation curve). I suspect you’re right and we’ll see a significant drop in used Model S prices; it’s probably going to end up reverting to the standard depreciation curve. (At least in the near term. It’ll take 20 years before people start figuring out that electric cars age differently and the depreciation curve changes.)

      The really interesting thing is how cheap used Model 3s are going to be. Around the beginning of 2020, two-year-old model 3s will probably be selling for around $24,000 and competing with the lower-end new-car market. Until new BEVs are available in that price bracket, that’ll probably set some sort of floor and all Teslas will retain that much value for quite a while.

  • hybridbear

    This furor is why I am more interested in buying a CPO Model S this year rather than placing a deposit for a Model 3. I will likely place a deposit online soon, but I won’t be in any rush. Because it would potentially be a replacement for whatever EV I get this summer when the lease ends on our Focus Electric.

  • Dale

    I am VERRY glad you got all that money to get one !

  • Dale

    If the 7,500 goes away , I will never beable to afford one over 35,000

    • Kyle Field

      Just wait a year or two…CPO Model 3s will be out and cheap.

  • Dale

    Well I not

  • This is a testament to how awesome Tesla owners and potential Tesla owners are!

    Fortunately, I get priority because I’m already a Tesla owner. 🙂

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