Electrek reports that several buyers -- some of which have had Model 3 reservations for three years -- were turned away after arriving at Tesla's Tilburg factory, despite being invited to collect their vehicles. CEO Elon Musk explained on Twitter this was due to "many unexpected challenges," (although he didn't clarify what) and that cars will start moving out in volume shortly.
The company is expected to push up to 3,000 Model 3 vehicles through the port every week in the coming months, in a bid to fulfil high demand from European buyers -- some 14,000 orders have been placed since last month alone. The vehicle's arrival in Europe comes at a critical time for the company, which has recently laid off seven percent of its full-time employees. According to Musk, the layoffs -- and the Model 3's arrival in Europe -- will "hopefully allow us, with great difficulty, effort and some luck, to target a tiny profit."