Tesla: Model 3 available, again

Tesla stopped taking online orders for Model 3 on Monday morning, yet resumed normal operation hours later. Could this mean that the base version of Model 3 is soon becoming available to the public? 

Tesla's affordable electric vehicle, the Model 3, had encountered production issues which led to delayed deliveries to those who had preordered. Accordingly, Tesla would not allow the general public to order the Model 3 - the only ones who had access were those who had made reservations. 

Around a week ago, Tesla decided to open orders to the general public; although the base model ($35,000) was not available, customers could order a long-range vehicle with a premium interior, as Engadget first noted. The successful delivery of 5,000 Model 3 / week since late June probably contributed towards Tesla's optimism. 

As of this morning, the Business Insider reported, the Californian carmaker's website stopped accepting orders of Tesla Model 3. All the hopeful purchasers of the electric vehicle were instead greeted with the following message, after they click the "Order" button: 

Designed to attain the highest safety ratings in every category, Model 3 achieves 220 miles of range while starting at only $35,000 before incentives. Model 3 deliveries are beginning in the US based on whether you are an employee, if you own a Tesla, and when you placed your reservation, and will continue by country.
— Tesla.com

A Tesla spokesperson told Business Insider they will be looking into the problem. Only hours later, the ordinary process of ordering a Model 3 was resumed. The brief outage is interesting: could Tesla be testing the addition of a new Model 3 to their website? As previously mentioned, the $35,000 model is not yet available, but could it be that the carmaker is soon adding the base model to the available configurations? 

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Andrew Kyprianides