The last time Tesla announced approximately how many reservations it has for the Tesla Model 3, the number was at nearly 375,000. By now, it would surely have exceeded 400,000 pre-orders, which is a lot to handle.
For other automakers, it would be a challenge, but for Tesla it appears to be a little too heavy a burden to bear, especially when it has promised its customers that it is doing fairly well in sorting out its production issues.
Perhaps one of the ways is the automaker is attempting to avoid another backlash is to lead to Model 3 customers away from the compact sedan to the Model S and Model X.
Besides introducing cheaper 60kWh base models, Tesla is setting up a two-year leasing program for its two larger models. The cheapest Model S could be acquired for $593 per month with an annual 100,000 miles allowance, while the priciest P90D would be available for $1,628 per month.
This is a good way for Model 3 buyers to at least be able to enjoy what Tesla has to offer while waiting for their orders to arrive, which could be a long while given the automaker’s track record. Two years is a long window – if Tesla can’t deliver an order within that time, then it might as well stop selling altogether.