CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter that the Model 3 Tesla electric car has passed all regulatory inspections weeks earlier than planned and that the vehicles would be delivered on July 28.
Production has been an issue in the past for Tesla, but the company’s new Gigafactory should help with the Model 3. Musk said that 100 cars would be produced in August, 1,500 in September and about 20,000 a month starting in December.
Model 3 Tesla electric car combines real world range, performance, safety and spaciousness into a premium sedan that only Tesla can build. Our most affordable car yet, Model 3 achieves 215 miles of range per charge while starting at only $35,000 before incentives. Model 3 is designed to attain the highest safety ratings in every category.
Touted as the most affordable electric sports sedan, the Model 3 Tesla electric car is their eco-friendly gift to the motoring masses. Base rear-wheel-drive cars should get about a 215-mile range; all-wheel drive will be offered, and larger batteries with longer ranges are expected. Tesla’s Autopilot self-driving feature will come standard.
It has the size and stance of another car called the 3 (from Mazda), its single instrument is a billboard-like 15-inch touchscreen glowing in the dash, it accelerates with the nearly silent rush that cheetahs use to get their lunch. Welcome to the “affordable” Tesla Model 3 that 115,000 people supposedly put deposits on before the highly secretive car was even shown to the public at a launch party at SpaceX, Tesla’s sister company headquartered in Hawthorne, California.
This is the car that will either save Tesla or kill it. To tool up for the expected volumes, which could be in the range of 75,000 a year the first couple of years, Tesla will risk a lot of capital on ramping up production, retail, and service capacity, making the Model 3 Tesla electric car a do-or-die moment. Everything will be bigger, from the factory parts inventory to the number of robots in the body shop to the size of the fleet of trucks needed to ship the product to the financial risks of a recall.
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The Model 3 Tesla electric car has more interior space than any car with its exterior dimensions. The tall side glass means there’s plenty of headroom, however, and an enormous panoramic rear glass that curves over the rear passengers’ heads helps give the cabin the feel of airy spaciousness. Up front, the driver faces a dashboard that’s completely bare save for the oversize, horizontally oriented touch screen; the speedometer readout is in the upper left-hand corner.
After the initial rollout, Tesla is slated to produce more than 1,500 Model 3’s in September, and by the year’s end, the company expects to produce 20,000 units every month. Tesla hasn’t released order numbers since May 2016, when it said that 373,000 Model 3 reservations had been placed.
By 2018, the automaker is aiming to have produced a half-million cars, an enormous leap over last year, when the company produced about 84,000 units.
Tesla says the five-seater Tesla electric car will boast a range of 215 miles per charge. Early Model 3 customers can choose the car’s color and wheel size. Later customization include two motor options: one optimized for highway driving and the other for stop-and-go traffic.
In another sign of Tesla’s ambition, the company plans to unveil a working prototype of its semi-truck model at an event in September. Musk, Tesla chief also hinted that the event would showcase a surprise announcement. Teasing the audience at the June shareholder meeting, Musk said: “I’d really recommend showing up for the semi-truck unveiling. Maybe there’s a little more than we are saying here.”
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