In reporting the news, every once in a while, along comes one of those “Dewey Defeats Truman” moments where one or more publications rush to put out an unsubstantiated story, without considering the possibility nor the ramifications of getting it wrong.
For our part in helping to proliferate the news of an alleged Tesla Model 3 delay, we apologize.
The rumors started after electric car-news site InsideEVs procured a slide from a Tesla Motors presentation hosted in Washington, D.C. Curiously, the slide reported the Tesla Model 3 release date as sometime in 2018, as opposed to the 2017 launch that we’d all been led to believe.
You can see how one might reach the conclusion that the Tesla Model 3 had been silently delayed.
But Tesla Motors VP of Communications Ricardo Reyes was quick to put a damper to the rumors on Twitter, and according to Autoblog, the automaker continues to try and stifle speculation that a Tesla Model 3 launch might be delayed. Tesla even sent a statement to the automotive news site, doubling down on what Reyes had stated in a Tweet.
The statement reads:
“Model 3 remains on schedule. As we’ve stated, we plan to show Model 3 in 2016 and begin production in 2017. [Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel’s] slide is a high-level look into when Model 3 will be in full production. Unfortunately, insideevs did not contact us for clarification.”