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OT: Tesla Model 3 Pre-sales Posted by MI-Roger [Email] (#882) [Profile/Gallery] (more from MI-Roger) on Mon, 4 Apr 2016 11:05:22 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
I saw today that Tesla is reporting that 300,000 people ponied over $1,000 each last week to be on the Early Adopter list for the next Tesla vehicle.
Maybe it is just me, but that number seems extremely high. Other than F-150s and Silverados, does any vehicle sell at a rate of 300,000 in a single year? Even the Prius, far and away the most successful of the Hybrid Electric Vehicles, has not reached the 300K sales mark for a single year (through 2014 per Wikipedia). A build of 300,000 vehicles is approximately 2% of all US sales, and all HEV sales combined, all manufacturers and all models, were less than 3% in 2014 (again per Wikipedia)
A standard automotive assembly plant can produce ~250,000 vehicles per year. Some plants have two full assembly lines pushing the total to 500K from a single plant. Site logistics have prevented three line assembly plants as far as I know, although places like the Oshawa Autoplex had multiple separate assembly plants occupying adjacent properties creating a single HUGE complex. Generally speaking, to exceed 250K vehicles annually a manufacturer needs more than one plant (or a two-line plant) dedicated to produce a single model.
Is Elon pumping sunshine again to boost his stock price?
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