After a long wait, it finally happened! Elon Musk just announced that the first production Tesla Model 3, the manufacturer’s first model available with a more affordable price tag, just left the factory and it’s currently through its “final checkout”.
Will electricity beat petrol?
Seen as an eco-friendly alternative to the Audi A4 or BMW 3 series, the Tesla Model 3 is expected to retail for around $35,000 and it will definitely showcase the company’s ability to mass produce a major volume model, according to Car Buyer, expected to sell even more than the Model S. As a side note, back in 2016, Tesla produced 50,000 Model S units, as well as around 26,000 Model X cars.
Of course, it will be very interesting to see if Tesla will actually be able to keep up with the demand. But Elon Musk revealed how they are planning to approach the actual building process.
“Production grows exponentially, so August should be 100 cars and September above 1,500. Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars a month in December,” the CEO said.
This will definitely be a big change for the company, especially considering that they had a few issues with the Model X SUV, which was delayed by more than a year, due to several manufacturing setbacks.
Not a lot of extra options, though…
As for the options you’ll have for the Tesla Model 3, don’t expect a lot of them! At first, you will be able to choose just between some alloy wheel models and paint color, in order to streamline production.
“We’ve kept the initial configurations of the Model 3 very simple. A big mistake we made with the X, which is primarily my responsibility – there was way too much complexity right at the beginning.”