First Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3. © Elon Musk/Twitter.
On July 9, Elon Musk showed off the first Tesla Model 3 vehicle on Twitter, to the delight of the 400,000 people who have placed an order since March 2016. This entry-level sedan, more affordable than the Model S, at US$35,000 (CA$44,550), can reach 100km/h in under 6 seconds and go for 345km between charges. If all goes according to plan, Tesla will hand over the first 30 Model 3s to customers at an event on July 28. Then, production will ramp up to 100 cars in August, over 1,500 in September, and 20,000 per month by December. Tesla is planning to double its charging network by the end of the year, in part to better serve the influx of Model 3 drivers the automaker hopes will soon fill the roads. Guess who will be the owner of this first Model 3? None other than Elon Musk.