The carmaker’s CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that his company, Tesla, has “no plans to sell its cars directly to consumers,” but he also said that he’s “open to making them available to customers.”
The announcement came a day after the electric vehicle manufacturer announced that it would launch a program to provide the cars in the United States to local communities in exchange for “a small upfront investment.”
Musk’s announcement comes after Tesla had initially announced a partnership with local auto dealers to sell the cars, but the automaker subsequently canceled the program.
The program is set to run from the end of 2017 to the beginning of 2018.
Musk has said that the cars will not be sold in a traditional retail outlet and that Tesla will be selling them directly to customers at the participating auto dealerships.
Musk also revealed that Tesla’s autopilot technology is “coming soon” to the Model 3, and he told the Wall Street Journal that he expects the automatons to “go beyond” the current Model S to become an “all-wheel drive” vehicle.
In an interview with The Wall Street Times, Musk also noted that he is “going to have an autopilot system that can be really good” in a car that can go 0 to 60 mph in just under 5 seconds, a claim that has been disputed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The automaker also revealed in its announcement that it plans to offer its first electric sedan in the next few years, with the Model X, which has a range of 220 miles (300 kilometers) and is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack.
Tesla’s announcement also comes after the automaton has announced that its Model 3 will start shipping later this year.
The automaton plans to launch a limited number of vehicles, which are currently sold in the U.S., China, Europe and Australia, as well as in China.
The new Model 3 is expected to be available later this summer.
Musk previously said that his team is aiming for a 100 percent electric vehicle by 2020, but he said at a CES 2017 event that he could “make a pretty good case for [one] going into 2020.”
Tesla has also said in the past that it will not sell the Model S or X in a retail environment.