Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, speaks during the International Space Station Research and Development Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel July 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Tesla founder Elon Musk © AFP

Sir, As Richard Waters writes, Elon Musk is running out of time (“ Time is a commodity Musk cannot control despite SpaceX success”, February 9). But the situation is even more dire than he says.

Tesla has revealed that the base $35,000 Model 3 has been delayed by a quoted nine months. Considering Tesla’s history of missing timelines, we most likely won’t see the truly affordable Tesla until 2019, by which time the $7,500 federal tax credit will have expired, and more electric car competition will have entered the market. I wonder how many of the roughly 500,000 Model 3 reservation-holders will be willing to give up their tax credit, and wait another year for their car. I subsequently wonder how Tesla will be able to afford all those $1,000 refunds.

Benjamin Midler
La Jolla, CA, US

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