That's why I think very few people will actually end up with delivered $35k Model 3's. There is no way Tesla is making money on a stripper Model 3....at least not initially. I still believe no one will end up with a true $35k Model 3 in their hands until 2019.My favorite quote - "when I was playing silly bugger with the throttle". I just have to find a way to work that into a conversation sometime
The reviewer is dead-wrong about the price flexibility of GM vs Tesla, though. It would be "nice" if GM makes a profit on the Bolt, but it won't break the bank if they get into an EV price war. The SUV and pickup market is their bread and butter. Tesla, on the other hand, can not afford to NOT make a profit on the Model 3. They have no "bread and butter" now - the Model 3 is what they hope will become the B&B. Investors are banking on it and that is the only thing holding up their stock price. 400,000 Model 3's sold at a loss would kill them. They don't show red-ink now on their quarterlies only because of various cash and accounting tricks. The cash infusions required soon to get them to Model 3 production may be very challenging to achieve.