I had to work my usual job-- I didn't take off like a lot of you might have-- so I cajoled my wife into making the pilgrimage down to Ross Park Mall to place our reservation. I expected a line... but 930am seemed reasonable enough. I had no idea.
We'd been perusing the listings for CPO Signature Red Model S's but didn't want to make a move until we knew what the Model 3 was. So part one of that plan was to WAIT. Breathe deep... suffer more issues with the aging 2/3rds of our cars and see what Tesla came up with, even though some spectacularly good CPO Sig Reds drifted through Tesla's inventory listings.Nicely done and THANK YOU-- to the #Tesla crew @Ross_Park_Mall #Pittsburgh H/T @katieuihlein #Model3 @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/xg2kRdspeA— Tesla Pittsburgh (@TeslaPittsburgh) March 31, 2016
Part two of the plan is to do what was necessary to be as early in the line as we could be. We did that with the Model X (but then bought our S instead) and having options are good.
Part three of the plan is to watch the unveiling and see if we want to wait for it-- and if so, how much will it change from the debut to production and does THAT change our desires? After all, by the time a high spec Model 3 rolls off the line in late 2017, the early Autopilot-equipped D-variants of the S will be deep into CPO sales and probably the same price. And we KNOW we like those!Model 3 line in Pittsburgh. pic.twitter.com/N3IjI1FSny— Ryan (@rjpryan) March 31, 2016
So my wife was going to mosey over to the mall at opening and get a reservation. No biggie. Then Twitter lit up and Reddit went nuts. Even after that I wasn't too concerned. Many Pittsburghers I've met STILL can't identify a Tesla... but then I saw the Ross Park line get tweeted. CRAP!! RUN!!!
My saintly and beautiful wife expedited her departure preps and rushed to mall. (We'll come back to that Service Center comment in a few days, I suspect. Trying to confirm something.) I actually had the Tesla with me, but she still parked near "our section" and sent me this picture of the line forming OUTSIDE the mall.So much for #Pittsburgh being "under the radar"!! @TeslaMotors @elonmusk #Tesla #Model3 Now, how about Service Ctr? pic.twitter.com/lhh6w6j1Ga— Tesla Pittsburgh (@TeslaPittsburgh) March 31, 2016
|H/T Ryan Poling for this picture.|
The Tesla servers seemed to stay down the rest of the afternoon. The mobile app worked fine, but since I hadn't received a confirmation email I wanted to login to MyTesla account online and verify the reservation. No dice... just spinning wheels.This is what Hope & Change REALLY looks like. H/T Simon Cheung #Tesla #Model3 #Pittsburgh @elonmusk @TeslaMotors pic.twitter.com/od2sc0jAya— Tesla Pittsburgh (@TeslaPittsburgh) March 31, 2016
Finally, right before dinner. It worked. Yay! I wish I could decode the sequence of the reservation numbers but since we're not going to be in the first rounds of deliveries I guess it doesn't really matter. The early cars will be going to employees and then owners closer to the factory.
One missed opportunity though-- and Elon, it's frankly a little disappointing. The model names are not defaulting to the order one would EXPECT. I mean, it was kinda the point, right?
So here we are. The day is winding down. The reveal is coming soon. A MAJORLY important day in the auto industry and a huge moment in the life of Tesla. I can't help but consider it all and think that Preston Tucker is enjoying the show. Revenge of the Electric Car, INDEED.
UPDATE: The Epilogue that I could scarcely have imagined: http://teslapittsburgh.blogspot.com/2016/04/model-3-reaction-whew.html
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