Elon Musk Will Handover The First Tesla Model 3 To A Lucky Customer Tonight

The event in California marks the beginning of the Model 3's life in the public eye

It’s not everyday that industry pundits and tech geeks around the world liken the launch of a car to the 2007 unveil of Steve Jobs’ iPhone. Yet, that’s exactly what’s happening. With the promise of a fully-integrated EV experience, access to Tesla’s now built-out Supercharger network, and a semi-autonomous drive that could see a full autonomous mode rolled out via an over-the-air software update, the Model 3 could see the democratisation of affordable electric transportation.

Setting up for Model 3 handover tomorrow night ...

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At an event in Fremont, California this evening, Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to handover the first Tesla Model 3s to a handful of customers and thus mark the ramping up of production. The company plans to produce 100 cars in August, 20,000 cars per month by December and a lofty 500,000 vehicles in 2018. That, to put into context, is more cars than Porsche produce.

Around 400,000 people put down a $1,000 deposit last year when the car was first announced, and these are the customers destined to see deliveries start to hit their driveways this year. Prices for the Model 3 have been confirmed at $35,000 (around £28,000) and this paves the way for affordable EV motoring after the more expensive Model S and Model X.

Elon Musk Will Handover The First Tesla Model 3 To A Lucky Customer Tonight

Of course, the success of production of the Model 3 rests squarely on the shoulders of Tesla’s Gigafactory, the biggest building in the world by footprint and one of the world’s largest producers of lithium-ion batteries. Once the Gigafactory reaches full capacity, Tesla estimate that it will be able to ship one million vehicles by 2020.

So what next? If Tesla successfully pulls off this roll-out, they’ll move from being a hip, niche EV movement to a car-producing heavyweight. From there, we could see the eagerly anticipated Model Y SUV and an even swifter move to autonomous driving than we all saw coming.

How do you feel about the rise of Tesla and the impending launch of the Model 3? Let us know in the comments.


Chewbacca_buddy (McLaren squad)(VW GTI Clubsport)(McLaren 60

Anyone have $35,000 laying around that I could borrow?

07/28/2017 - 14:00 |
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Archive Aston (Aston Martin squad)

Kidneys! Sell your Kidneys here!

07/28/2017 - 14:07 |
64 | 5

So… this or a Golf GTI?

07/28/2017 - 14:26 |
9 | 0

gti anyway

07/28/2017 - 14:35 |
7 | 2
Chewbacca_buddy (McLaren squad)(VW GTI Clubsport)(McLaren 60

In reply to by TheMindGarage

Did someone say GTI?

07/28/2017 - 14:46 |
39 | 0

GTI. To me this shouldn’t even be a question.

07/28/2017 - 15:14 |
9 | 3

GTI doubtless

07/28/2017 - 15:38 |
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Not a fan of golfs.
Would go for this because 0 road taxes and luxury main car.

07/28/2017 - 16:00 |
3 | 2

I can’t wait for tonight. $35,000 is a really good price. considering what it is, and it can only get cheaper from here. Of course, I’d rather have a Camaro SS or a super hatch at that price, but for most people this is a good option compared to something like a Buick or Acura Sedan. I can’t wait until they build ab even cheaper hatchback or a performance car. Fast acceleration is great, but I want suspension and chassis tuning.

07/28/2017 - 14:28 |
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Ben Ireland

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Considering there is already a relatively large aftermarket for the Model S, I’m sure upgraded parts will be available very soon after launch

07/28/2017 - 21:12 |
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Deadpool (Cam's much sexier twin) (Official Demon Fangirl)

It is going to be absolutely crazy to see this finally happen. These are going to flood cities for sure.

07/28/2017 - 14:37 |
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Fouck hahaha


07/28/2017 - 14:40 |
2 | 14

Do you even drive a car?

07/28/2017 - 15:56 |
7 | 1

EV’s are superior performance wise.

07/28/2017 - 17:06 |
2 | 1

Adnan Ebrahim welcome!!

07/28/2017 - 15:02 |
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Curtain Man

Can I have a small loan of a million dollars?

07/28/2017 - 15:13 |
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07/29/2017 - 19:08 |
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Mickey Mouse

Mr. Adnan Ebrahim! Long time, no see!

07/28/2017 - 16:53 |
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Or you can spend $35,000 on a Poderra EXS…. (if they ever finish the damn car). Just saying.

07/28/2017 - 17:11 |
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H5SKB4RU (Returned to CT)

In reply to by Monty4248

Yeah, more amusing and nicer

07/28/2017 - 18:47 |
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