During an impromptu Twitter AMA (Ask Me Anything) session over the weekend, Elon Musk, Tesla’s Chairman, CEO, chief evangelist and one-man marketing dynamo tweeted that Model 3 reservations were up to 276,000 by the end of Saturday. Musk said he would post another update on Wednesday.
Musk also said that Tesla had expected reservations to be ¼ to ½ of what actually occurred; “No one at Tesla thought it would be this high before Part 2 of the unveil.”
Model 3 is RWD, with dual motor AWD optional; torque is shifted between front and rear motors every ~0.1 s. The reveal cars were AWD, but the production AWD will be a lot faster, according to Musk.
Edge and contour refinement ongoing; Tesla hoping for Cd of 0.21.
There will be an optional tow hitch.
Tesla will begin initial deliveries to owners close to the factory regardless of time of reservation to be able to have rapid turnaround on early issues. However, within a given geography, ordering earlier gives priority.