The Tesla Model 3 is soon to be handed over to its first thirty customers on 28th July. The 'handover party' or invite-only launch event will be held on the same day. The first car rolled off Tesla's production line on 7th July and while initial production of the Model 3 will be around 100 units in August this year, it will be ramped up to 1,500 cars in the following month. Elon Musk states that the production of the Tesla Model 3 will be close to 20,000 cars per month by the end of this year
Price for the Tesla Model 3 starts at $35,000 (approx Rs 22.61 lakh) and it will have a range of 480 km on a full charge. The initial models that would roll off the production line would have a rear-wheel-drive format only. Potential customers waiting for the all-wheel-drive twin electric motor Model 3 may have to wait a little longer as that would be introduced later. After clearing all regulatory requirements, Elon Musk thanked the first customers stating that he is thankful to all who ordered or owned a Tesla and it matters to the American electric carmaker
The Tesla Model 3 also has the Autopilot hardware as a standard fitment. The Model 3 will have a claimed zero to 100 kmph figure of under six seconds and according to Elong Musk, the Model 3 can fit five adults, comfortably. The roof area is one single piece of glass and since it misses out on an engine, the front and rear can fit luggage. Someone asked Elon Musk if the Model 3 can fit a seven-foot long surfboard to which he replied it can be done
Supercharging will also be available for the Tesla Model 3 and currently, there are a little over 3,600 superchargers and destination chargers available from Tesla globally. At the unveil of the Tesla Model 3, Elon Musk has aimed to double the number of superchargers and increase the destination chargers by four times. Currently, Tesla has 215 locations in Asia, North America and Europe to service a car from the company's stable and by the end of 2017, another 226 outlets are claimed to be added. The Fremont facility of Tesla has earlier made 5 lakh units a year and Elon Musk is confident that it can achieve that number in the future
For developing markets like India, Tesla aims to bring in its entire lineup with maximum localisation, however, that will take time. First introduction of a car like the Model 3 would make sense for the country at a competitive price tag. That said, companies now looking at bringing in electric cars in India would need incentives from the Government bodies for electric cars in order for such new technologies to become mass market as well as affordable unlike the current tax structure on such vehicles
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