Netherlands-based MisterGreen is working with energy company NLE on a plan to immediately secure reservations for 1,000 of the new electric vehicle, according to Electrek. The company, which already leases Model S vehicles to customers from the Netherlands and Belgium and will soon add the Model X, is trying to enlist interested customers to pay the 1,000-euro ($1,112) deposit. MisterGreen will then buy the cars back from those customers en masse (for about a $1.1 million hit), then lease them back to those people for 685 euros a month. The information on MisterGreen's buyout program is here, but it's in Dutch.
The idea is to ensure that the Netherlands gets moved to the front of the line when it comes to Model 3 deliveries to Europe. The car, which will be priced at about $35,000 and has a single-charge range of about 200 miles, is expected to start European deliveries in 2018.
The MisterGreen crowd is going to have its hands full. Teslarati says there will be an absolute crush once Tesla starts taking reservations on March 31, estimating that 100,000 may be on the books by April Fools' Day. Tesla's in-store reservations start on the 31st at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Online reservations commence at 8:30 p.m. that night, the same time the car will be unveiled at its Hawthorne, California, facility near Los Angeles in front of an invite-only audience of about 800 people.