Hot on the heels of a major milestone -- Tesla built its -- the automaker seems prepared to begin very soon, as in today.
Electrek first reported news of a handful of customers receiving text messages and other confirmations via their Tesla accounts that they should have their new in their garages by Friday, March 13. Previously, Tesla said deliveries would begin as early as March 15 and continue throughout the month. The automaker didn't immediately return a request for comment on its delivery schedule timeline.
Underscoring how avid the Tesla fan base is, more than 1,000 customers around the world worked to create a massive Google Sheets document to show how quickly the electric SUVs are shipping out. According to the document and delivery confirmation photos, one customer will take delivery of a Model Y in Washington state, and another will receive the latest Tesla model in Oregon. Other buyers report confirmed deliveries for this weekend across California as well. It appears these EVs all sport the five-seat configuration.
Tesla has worked to bring the Model Y to customers in a speedier fashion than we saw with the Model 3 launch. The company's plant in Fremont, California, began production in January to help launch the SUV ahead of schedule. Tesla also promised increased range ratings, and it delivered: The Model Y Performance will go an . It's the most efficient EV in its class, with a 121 mpg-equivalent rating.
Looking forward, Tesla apparently has plans to expand Model Y production further. CEO Elon Musk tweeted this week that the company has begun scouting locations in the central US for a Gigafactory that could also . Tesla told Roadshow it had nothing further to add beyond Musk's tweet on the matter.
Originally published March 12.