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Want to order Tesla Model 3 now? You probably won’t drive it for two years

Electric car pioneer Tesla has updated its website to reflect a change in delivery estimates for its potentially-groundbreaking Model 3 sedan.

The change, first spotted by Kyle Russell on Twitter, tells potential new customers they can expect the order to be fulfilled in mid-2018 or beyond.

Elon Musk’s firm also has altered the language slightly. Instead of “deliveries begin late 2017,” it now reads “production begins late 2017.”

Tesla has confirmed (via TechCrunch) that the change in semantics only applies to new customers.

Delivery estimates for existing customers remain unchanged, meaning some early birds will still be driving the Model 3 before the end of 2017.

Related: 5 Things you need to know about the Tesla Model 3

The company is believed to have racked up well over 400,000 pre-orders for the affordable, $35,000 car.

Each of those putting their names down has done so at the cost of a $1,000 deposit.

Is two years worth the wait for any car? Even a Tesla? Share your thoughts below.

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