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Tesla Begins Production and Delivery of Model 3

20 Jul

During July 2017, Tesla began producing its newest Model 3 electric car and started the process of delivering a mass market vehicle to over 400,000 people worldwide. These Tesla customers had pre-registered and made a downpayment of $1000 to join the queue of potential drivers who wanted to own this revolutionary new vehicle:

https://www.tesla.com/model3

The main selling features of the Tesla Model 3, listed on the website are:

1. Starting base price of $35,000

2. Designed for five-star safety rating in every class

3. Acceleration achieves zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds

4. Seats five adults comfortably

5. Autopilot hardware (cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors) are standard although software levels of implementation for Extended Autopilot and Fully Autonomous driving capability in the future will cost extra.

6. Access port hardware for SuperCharger network is standard, in order to access Tesla DC Fast Charging systems for cross-country travel. First 1000 miles are accessible at no cost but usage fees will be applied after that.

7. Co-efficient of drag around 0.21

8. 15-inch horizontal touch display screen standard as center console.

Consumer Reports published an FAQ to try to answer the most common questions about the Tesla Model 3 at this website link:

http://www.consumerreports.org/tesla/tesla-model-3-faq-everything-you-want-to-know/

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was also a guest speaker during the National Governor’s Association summer conference in Rhode Island. Musk sat down with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval for a one-hour discussion about the future of electric cars, batteries and renewable energy over the next 20 years. He also took questions from other governors attending the conference.

A Youtube video of the discussion follows:

On July 28, 2017, Musk and Tesla senior managers staged a formal presentation to deliver the keys to the first 30 owners of the Model 3, featured in this YouTube video from the company:

Assembly line production will then ramp up exponentially through the end of the year, from 100 during August to 1000 during September and 20,000 by the end of December if Tesla can achieve its ambitious goals.

By 2020, the company hopes to manufacture 500,000 Model 3 electric cars every year. There are 10,000 component parts inside the Model 3. Two-thirds of the components come from within North America while another one-third come from outside the continent. Musk emphasized that any one component could stall the ramp-up of the Model 3 production line to 20,000 vehicles per month.

The Tesla Gigafactory in Storey County, NV produces the battery packs and other essential electric drive train components for the Model 3.

The first section of the Tesla Motors Gigafactory in Storey County is completed and unveiled to the public during 2016.

The first section of the Tesla Motors Gigafactory in Storey County is completed and unveiled to the public during 2016.

About 1,000 fulltime employees are building battery cells and integrated packs within the plant, with additional workers employed in the continued construction of the factory. When fully completed the Gigafactory will be one of the largest buildings on the planet by footprint and will employ more than 3,500 people full time. Nevada employees at the Gigafactory were featured and live-streamed while watching the Tesla Handover event during late July.

Tesla is also continuing to build out its Supercharger network for cross-country driving beyond the vehicle’s 215-mile base range. By the end of 2018, the number of Superchargers available in its network will triple in quantity with more penetration into all countries throughout the world.

NEVA blog written by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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