November 15, 2018 / 6:05 PM / a month ago

Tesla to deliver new Model 3 orders by year end

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Thursday that Model 3s ordered in the United States by the end of this month will be delivered by Dec. 31, as the electric carmaker tries to take advantage of tax breaks.

A Tesla Model 3 is seen in a showroom in Los Angeles, California U.S. January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

"Tesla just acquired trucking capacity to ensure Model 3 can be delivered in U.S. by Dec 31 if ordered by Nov 30," Musk tweeted here

“Skipping rail saves over a month for East Coast deliveries. All things considered, it’s better to use trucks. Single load/unload & direct to owner location.”

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for more details about the acquisition.

“I think it’s a good move. We need a little more detail to know what kind of capacity this brings, but having those trucks on the road will help with order momentum,” Roth Capital Partners analyst Craig Irwin said.

Tesla had earlier said that orders placed by Oct. 15 will be delivered by the end of the year.

The electric carmaker has until the end of the year to hand out tax credits of $7,500 to customers.

The credits are available for six months after an automaker hits 200,000 delivery mark, which Tesla hit in July. The incentives then reduce by 50 percent every six months until it phases out.

Tesla has promised a profit for its fourth quarter. The company said it booked $189.5 million in automotive regulatory credits in its third quarter, which contributed to nearly half of the profit.

Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru

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