Tesla Begins to Deliver Model 3 to Early Buyers

Tesla Begins to Deliver Model 3 to Early Buyers

At the Tesla dealership in Burbank on Friday night, the charging stations were full and even non-Tesla owners stopped by, curious to see if the new model had arrived.

How will I receive an invitation to configure my Model 3? Early cars will be rear-wheel drive to simplify production, with four-wheel drive coming as an option later. "We wanted to make a vehicle everyone could buy", Musk said. It's a jaw-dropping new benchmark for cheap range in an electric vehicle, and it's just one of several surprises Tesla had in store as it handed over the keys to its first 30 customers. Autonomy, it turns out, was the reason behind all of the madness, and it's highly likely that Tesla carries over this design strategy to future vehicles, like the still-shrouded Model Y SUV.

That could be a stretch for some buyers, especially since there are limits on the $7,500 US tax credit for electric cars.

A 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty is offered on the vehicle, while an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty is offered on the battery (Long Range battery gets 120,000 miles). The ride is also good, despite the Model 3 not being offered with air suspension.

Of course, why would you push your luck when the Model 3 is fully compatible with Tesla's network of Supercharger stations.

The vehicle's battery was created to keep it going for "at least 215 miles" (345 kilometers) before needing to be recharged, according to Tesla.

When it comes to performance, the Model 3 will pretty much destroy anything else at the price point in an acceleration race.

As a back-up, or for valet access, each Model 3 will come with a couple of NFC cards, which can also unlock and start-up the auto.

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"We think the traditional auto industry is fighting back and will have the ability to make profitable, electrified vehicles on a five-year view".

While not a trim level per se, the $5,000 Premium Pack brings all-round heated seats, which gain power adjustment in the front. That means with the bigger battery, you can theoretically get from San Diego, California to Scottsdale, Arizona in a single charge. This will require the Enhanced Autopilot plus an additional fee of $3,000, the company says. The long-range version goes from 0-60 miles per hour (96.5 kph) in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 140 miles per hour (225 kph).

Eighteen-inch wheels and tires are standard, with sport wheels and 19-inch all-season tires a $1,500 option.

We are shipping our first cars to employees now and expect to begin shipping the Long Range Battery configuration to customers in late October.

Tesla has a problem with the Model 3 as the company went through six months of manufacturing hell. It seemed very stable in corners, too - no doubt assisted by the low-mounted electric motors and batteries. After a successful and unprecedented pre-sale, which racked up billions of dollars worth of pre-orders, Tesla has scrambled to prepare for unexpected demand.

Around the world, more than 500,000 people have plunked down $1,000 deposits to get their hands on a 2017 Tesla Model 3, making it one of the most anticipated new cars of all time.

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