Tesla spokespeople have been very quick to tamp down any speculation about the potential postponement. Ricardo Reyes, the automaker's communications boss, tweeted the following pointed message about the situation:
Contrary to speculative blogger reports, we still plan to show Model 3 in 2016 and begin production in 2017.— ricardo reyes (@ricardor) June 22, 2015
In a statement to Autoblog, a Tesla spokesperson reiterated Reyes' timeline and clarified that Straubel's slide was "a high-level look into when Model 3 will be in full production." There's no delay, and "Model 3 remains on schedule."
It seems that the only lingering question is how quickly actual Model 3 deliveries could commence following the beginning of assembly. If the vehicle lives up to the many promises, then this could be a breakthrough in the EV market. The estimated range of 200 miles is plenty for many trips, and a price of $35,000 makes the model fairly affordable. Both sedan and crossover body styles are even being planned. Tesla isn't the only one in this looming fight, though. The Chevrolet Bolt is aiming for the very same market around the same time.
Model 3 remains on schedule. As we've stated, we plan to show Model 3 in 2016 and begin production in 2017. JB's slide is a high-level look into when Model 3 will be in full production. Unfortunately, insideevs did not contact us for clarification.