First Tesla Model 3 rolls off the line

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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.

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