An Electric Car Named Desire
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Detroit: Tesla Motors’ CEO says worldwide orders for a new lower-priced electric car hit 276,000 during the weekend. CEO Elon Musk posted the number Sunday on his Twitter feed. He says if the trend continues orders will hit 500,000.
Tesla's new Model 3 starts at $35,000 and has a range of 215 miles per charge. Customers must put down $1,000 to order the cars, which go on sale in late 2017. The company started taking orders early Thursday before Musk unveiled the new car.
Musk says in tweets that the company is focusing on ramping up production and eventually will need to build a factory in Europe to satisfy demand.
Shares of Tesla hit $249.85 early Monday, their highest intraday price since early October. In the past year they have traded in a rage from $141.05 to $286.65.
He says the car will be rearwheel-drive with optional allwheel-drive, and its steering controls will feel like a spaces- hip. The large number of orders makes it likely that many won't get a $7,500 US electric car tax credit. The credit phases out when a manufacturer hits 200,000 in US sales. Tesla won't say how many of the orders came from the US, but Musk says in tweets that a production ramp-up should let large numbers of Model 3 customers get the tax credit.
Tesla plans to have a presence in India before Model 3 production starts, and its high-speed charging system and service will cover all of Italy later this year, Musk says.
The Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla's previous models, and its range is about double what drivers get from current competitors in its price range, such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.
It also faces competition from General Motors, which is
The Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla's previous models, and its range is about double of the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3
set to start selling the Chevrolet Bolt electric car at the end of this year with a similar price tag and a 200-mile range. Some analysts said the company could have trouble filling all the initial Model 3 orders, which are accompanied by a refundable $1,000 deposit, until 2020. Barclays analyst Brian Johnson on Friday said the heavy influx of Model 3 orders “sets the stage for an equity offering” later this year by Tesla, much of which would go toward factory construction and product development. Johnson had estimated Tesla could take 250,000300,000 orders for the car by the end of June.
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