Tesla fired 140 delivery team employees in Jan

Galtero Lara
Febrero 12, 2019

Tesla is now delivering the first Model 3 vehicles in Europe. However, the European launch did not go off entirely without a hitch.

Tesla cars start at $35,000 for the Tesla Model 3, while the iconic Tesla Roadster was previously on sale for upwards of $200,000 - so it's understandable that Tesla customers want to make sure their purchases stay safe.

Tesla Model 3 test drives are also now available at select Tesla Stores in China since some Model 3 Performance vehicles reached the country's shores just recently.

In a tweet at 2 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Chief Executive Elon Musk shared a Tesla post announcing the new price would be $42,900.

Tesla has 13 service centers in Norway and is working to get two more running as soon as possible, he said.

Delivery problems Some who arrived at the factory were disappointed when they were turned away with no vehicle.

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At the Model 3 launch in July 2017, Musk said over half a million buyers had put down deposits on the new auto.

Tesla shares were down 0.2 percent in Wednesday morning trading, at $320.74.

Musk has said Tesla has multiple ways of stoking demand, if it chose to, such as offering leases or boosting marketing efforts. Another shipment of Model 3s is expected within the next few days.

The two laid-off employees said delivery targets for North America - made up of mostly US buyers - this quarter would be 55 percent to 60 percent of what they were in the last quarter of 2018.

Tesla has cut the Model 3 sticker price in the USA twice this year to $42,900 to partially offset a reduction in federal tax credits. Tesla is set to introduce a new crossover type vehicle in March this year the Model Y as reported in a recent Digital Journal article.

Musk said last month his "rough guess" was that Tesla would begin building the $35,000 Model 3 in mid-2019.

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