First Tesla Model 3 rolls off the line
THE very first production Tesla Model 3 has been built and delivered to the company’s showman CEO, Elon Musk.
Once again, the Tesla boss used Twitter for a major announcement, in this case that production of the Model 3 was under way. Two images of the car were issued, including this one (right), but it’s hard to spot any key differences between this road-ready car and the pre-production models that were displayed by Tesla at the car’s initial unveiling in March last year.
A handover party for the first 30 Tesla Model 3 cars is planned for 28 July, when we can expect to hear full details on powertrains, trims, finishes and options.
The first Model 3 car isn’t destined for Musk’s garage because of any rank pulling, however. In a separate tweet, the Tesla boss revealed that board member Ira Ehrenpreis held the ticket for order number one, but is handing the car to Musk as a 46th birthday present.
With a waiting list over 400,000 long, the vast majority of buyers – including UK customers – will have to wait until 2018 to get their cars. By the end of the year, Musk is hopeful the company will be in a position where it can manufacture 20,000 units of the Model 3 per month.