Crucial to the success of the 2017 Tesla Model 3 would be the sheer number of units that could be churned out from its Gigafactory in Nevada. If the automaker is given the benefit of the doubt (again), the plant should be up and running by the halfway point of 2017.
But getting all the additional volume wouldn’t help with the hefty import duties imposed on the Model 3 when it lands in markets that run on protectionist policies.
For instance Despite the popularity of the larger Model S worldwide, it has struggled to gain a foothold in China. This hurdle would cause similar issues for Tesla’s newest offering.
In acknowledging this predicament, CEO Elon Musk has said that there would certainly be additional Gigafactories set up in China, India, and Europe to combat unnecessarily bloated pricing that could often double the price of foreign EVs.
However, judging by the Tesla’s reputation in keeping to its proposed schedules, on top of its limited experience with such exponential growth, help from these extra plants won’t be coming anytime soon. Maybe they won’t come at all.
Consumers know this as well: a recent poll by Green Car Reports found that 66 percent of those queried believe that the automaker would not be able to meet its July-December 2017 ETA for the Model 3.