Af­ford­able Model 3 is Tesla’s big­gest test yet

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Wheels - By Dee-Ann Durbin AP Auto Writer

DETROIT The prom­ise of an af­ford­able elec­tric car from Tesla Mo­tors had hun­dreds of peo­ple lin­ing up to re­serve one.

Af­ter Tesla un­veiled its Model 3 re­cently at its Los An­ge­les de­sign stu­dio, long lines, rem­i­nis­cent of the crowds at Ap­ple stores for early mod­els of the iPhone, were re­ported from Hong Kong to Austin, Texas, to Wash­ing­ton. As of April 7, Tesla Mo­tors says world­wide or­ders for its new lower-priced Model 3 elec­tric car have hit 325,000. CEO Elon Musk says on Twit­ter Thurs­day that the num­ber is still ris­ing.

Cus­tomers must put down $1,000 to or­der the cars, which start at $35,000 and have a range of 215 miles per charge. The de­posits are refundable.


TESLA 3 PROM­ISE. At a start­ing price of $35,000 — be­fore fed­eral and state govern­ment in­cen­tives — the Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla’s pre­vi­ous mod­els.

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