The suspense is finally over: The all-new Tesla Model 3 made its first public appearance last night in California ― and it certainly didn’t disappoint. In less than 24 hours, over 115,000 people made a $1,000 deposit to reserve a copy!
Sporting a similar look to Tesla’s other two vehicles, the Model 3 comes with a giant centre touchscreen whose size has yet to be specified.
As promised, the car will retail from just $35,000 USD before tax incentives (Canadian pricing will be announced at a later date). Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that, even without any options, the Model 3 is a “very good car.”
Deliveries will begin in late 2017 with current Tesla customers who made a reservation, then continue with other customers who waited long hours to put down money at a Tesla store or online.
In terms of performance, the Tesla Model 3 offers a range of 215 miles (approx. 340 kilometres), accelerates from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in under six seconds, and comfortably sits five adults. Musk also pointed out that it received a 5-star rating in all collision tests and will be available with Autopilot features. Meanwhile, Tesla’s Supercharger network will double by the time the Model 3 goes on sale, from 3,600 stations right now to 7,200 in 18 months.
At $35K USD, the Tesla Model 3 is a big deal and will seriously challenge more mainstream competitors like the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt. That’s fantastic news for the development and proliferation of electric cars.
You can watch (or re-watch) the Model 3 unveiling by visiting the Tesla website.