Since Tesla’s August event for employees who pre-ordered the first Model 3 cars, new orders totaling around 1,800 a day have been pouring in. And despite predictions that demand was down, Tesla revealed that Model S demand has increased following the Model 3 event.
How does the newest model differ from the rest? The design reflects a definite push toward minimalism and convenience—in fact, there’s no fob or ignition. Keys, now replaced by the Tesla app, aren’t the only noticeable absence, as an instrument panel is also non-existent.
The Model 3 starts at $35,000 USD, and an extra $9,000 USD scores you the upgraded long-range battery version. Both cars feature a 15-inch touchscreen display that hook up to the virtual instrument panel, media and climate controls. Additional features include onboard navigation, Wi-Fi and LTE connection, and rear seats that fold 60/40 for added cargo.
The design reflects a definite push toward minimalism and convenience—in fact, there’s no fob or ignition. Keys, now replaced by the Tesla app
The fully upgraded version comes in at $59,900 USD before tax. This car enables the Enhanced Autopilot, which offers speed matching, lane keeping, automatic lane switching and self-parking.
Since the Model 3 configurator has officially opened, thousands of employees who placed pre-orders have begun the customization process. Those who pre-ordered the model in the U.S. will soon receive an invite to begin their orders as well, depending on their spot in the pre-order list.
Aussies might have to wait longer than they’d like for the Model 3, which won’t be produced in a right-hand drive model until 9 months after the vehicle’s release, according to a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. There are currently only about 580 Model S Teslas on the road in Australia.
Q4 this year, sometime in November, will see the start of deliveries outside Tesla’s own employees. Tesla’s production goal? To hit a run rate of 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by end of year—and 10,000 per week clip in 2018