Aussies who put down a $1500 deposit on the electric car starting in 2016 thought they would be the first in the queue to buy the vehicle.
But the early adopters were left in the dark last year with no exact delivery date on the cars, and the picture hasn’t got any clearer in 2018.
Australians in line to buy the Model 3 Tesla electric car have grown increasingly impatient with delays in the vehicle’s production and Elon Musk’s recent Twitter antics
Production scheduled to go ahead in March of this year has now been pushed back to mid-2019 and the feeling of disillusion among prospective customers is rising.
Ashley Fanning from Melbourne signed up for a Model 3 in 2016 in Melbourne, but gave it up last month – according to ABC News.
Ms Fanning said: ‘I’m not loyal to the brand like I felt I was when I subscribed.
Elon Musk has attracted criticism after his tweet in July calling one of the British divers, who helped in the rescue of the Thai soccer team stuck in a cave, a ‘pedo’
She added: ‘You see him call that guy a “pedo,”‘ referring to Elon Musk’s bizarre twitter attack on a British driver involved in the Thai cave rescue.
‘What are you doing – where’s my car?’
There is also discontent over the lack of after-sale care for Tesla vehicles in Australia.
Tesla faces stern competition in the electronic car sales market in Australia with three other major car manufacturers planning new releases this year or next
One Twitter user also complained about the lack of after sales care in Western Australia – where Perth does not have a supercharger charging station of a service centre
One Twitter user complained that Perth doesn’t have a supercharger or a service centre, in response to a tweet from Tesla this morning boasting that 99 per cent of the US population were within 150 miles (240km) of a supercharger charging station.
Tesla is facing stern competition in the electric car market in Australia – with Hyundai, Jaguar and Nissan all planning on releasing a new vehicle this year or next.
In the US, roll-out is continuing despite claims they are being cancelled in droves – with the aim to produce 6,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by late August.
Tesla is saying the wait is because they are waiting for confirmation of right-hand-drive production.
ELON MUSK CALLS FOR INCREASE IN TESLA MODEL 3 PRODUCTION
From: Elon Musk
Subj. Only 8 days left to reach 700 cars/day or 5k/week
June 15, 2018
It’s getting very exciting! All parts of the Model 3 production system are now above 500 and some are almost at 700 cars already. Congratulations to all on making so much progress!
That said, radical improvements are still needed in paint shop output, GA3, bringing up the new GA4, End of Line and Module Zone 4 at Giga. We also need to achieve sustained, 700+ per week on the body line.
Wherever you are in the company, if you feel you can help out in any of those areas, please check in with Jat Dhillon on GA3, Jerome Guillen on GA4 and Omead on EoL and JB Straubel or Christ Lister on Module Zone 4.
I will be at our Fremont factory almost 24/7 for the next several days checking in with those groups to make sure they have as many resources as they can handle.