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Published on April 1st, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

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20 Minutes of Tesla Model 3 & Tesla Model X External Video Footage, & 5 Things I Love About The Model 3 (Exclusive Video)

April 1st, 2016 by  

Kyle Field and I found ourselves in an area where no other bloggers/photographers/videographers landed after the Tesla Model 3 unveiling — alongside the test tracks where people were taking turns test driving the Model 3, Model X, and Model S. We spent ~2 hours there filming and snapping photos of the Model 3… and Model X and Model S a bit.

As you can see, Kyle snapped a lot of great photos, capturing the Tesla Model 3 in various lighting and in action. I caught the Model 3 (and Model X) on video from numerous angles and spots along the test track. Once I’m on faster WiFi again, I’ll upload and share lightened/color-enhanced and super-sharp versions of this video, but until then, here’s a 20-minute video of the Tesla Model 3, Model X, and (to a slight degree) Model S:


 

From the presentation, which I imagine we’ve all seen by now, and my long in-person view of the Model 3 and discussions with others who rode in the Model 3, here are 5 standout things I already love about the Model 3:

model3_quarter1. The car looks like a beautiful mix of a Tesla Model S, Porsche, and Tesla Model X.

This is a stunning vehicle, and has quickly become my favorite-looking vehicle on the planet. I thought almost right off the bat that the Model 3 had resemblances to a Porsche, and I heard several other people at the unveiling say the same. I think that’s some pretty good blood to mix in with Tesla’s… and perhaps also a bit of a taunt.

2. Autopilot hardware on every Model 3.

It seems clear that you will have to choose autopilot (and pay for it) if you really want it, but it’s cool to hear that the hardware will be on every Model 3… which means there’s always the possibility of adding it.

Tesla Model 3 roofs3. It’s freakin’ quick.

With the base model getting from 0 to 60 mph in under 6 seconds, that’s one quick $35,000 car! And there’s still plenty of home that the top-of-the-line Tesla Model 3 will be able to get to 60 in under 4 seconds. I’m excited!

4. The supersplendulous glass roof!!

Without a doubt, one of the most wonderful features of the Tesla Model X (2016 CleanTechnica Car of the Year) is what I have termed the supersplendulous windshield that makes you feel like you’re in a helicopter. Tesla went one step further and designed an insanely supersplendulous glass roof (from front to back essentially) in the Tesla Model 3. I can’t believe it, but I’m loving it!

model3_front5. That nose.

I’m really happy that Tesla has decided to snub the faux grills. When I first saw the front of the Model X during the unveiling, I was not into it. I think that, within a day, I grew to love it and have ever since thought grills (and faux grills) look really weird… and the nosecone on the Model S even more so! 😀 I fully expected the Model 3 to include the Model X nose design language, and actually thought Elon would announced a facelift on the Model S last night. I think that is right around the corner now, but Tesla made a good decision to just focus on the Model 3 and no other updates last night. But yes, I’m very happy with the front of the stunning Tesla Model 3. 😀

Looking forward to CleanTechnica and EV Obsession configuring our 4 (so far) Tesla Model 3s. 😀

Related:

Tesla Model 3 — Exclusive Test Track Photos

Tesla Rolls Out The Red Carpet To Introduce The Model 3

Tesla Model 3 Test Track Video (#CleanTechnica Exclusive From Unveiling Night, Abridged)

Tesla Already Confirming Early Model 3 Orders

Tesla Model 3’s Official Birthday — CleanTechnica’s Day At The Santa

Tesla Model 3 Chat (Cleantech Talk #23… from Before The Unveiling)

Pictures #1 & #3 by Kyle Field | CleanTechnica; Picture #2 by Tesla Motors





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  • Ed Fontana

    The silver is stunning!

  • Freddy D

    In the video – comments about what’s being said in boardrooms at BMW and Audi. There’s another board room that is hopefully having some lively discussions: Nissan, the pioneer of the innovative LEAF, introduced many years ago and essentially unchanged since then. Who would buy a $30,000 car with 100hp and a 100 mile range with the Model 3 around the corner?

    Sports fans: watch BMW 3 Series sales for the remainder of 2016 as the months roll by. Will they dip? How much of that customer base was part of the 200,000 in pre-orders? How many others will just hold on to their older car for another couple years?

    • Bob_Wallace

      IIRC the 2017 Leaf will have a 155 mile range. If they can also drop the price a few thousand they might have an offering that sells well.

      That range would mean a ‘solid’ 100 mile range. Minimum of 100 miles in the worst conditions. Make it a very functional crossover type body and reasonably attractive to US eyes and it should sell well in the US as the family’s other car(s). Could be the primary commute car with a ICEV, PHEV or Tesla 3 used for the short daily routines and long trips.

      Nissan’s big goal might best be to bring the MSRP to $25k with a 150 mile range. There’s a big niche there. No reason to go head to head with Tesla, especially since Nissan has no long range charge solution.

      • I believe that is what Ghosn has said or hinted, but would have to find the comments to be sure of his message. But yeah, think that’s Nissan’s best angle right now.

        • Bob_Wallace

          The Nissan Altima has a MSRP of $22,500. We should reach production price parity (note the first ‘p’ word) in only a few years, perhaps before 2020.

          That means that Nissan could likely produce a similar size/feature 150 mile range EV they could sell for a few thousand dollars more ($24,500), make some additional per car profit, and sell them in the hundreds of thousands.

          The car market is shaped like a pyramid. The largest part of the market is down at the least expensive end. Whoever can get close to the $20k price point with a long range EV is going to make out like a bandit.

          (Why doesn’t Nissan join up with Tesla and share the Supercharger system? Nissan could friggin’ own the lower end of the car market. Not just the EV market, but the car market.)

          • “Why doesn’t Nissan join up with Tesla and share the Supercharger system? Nissan could friggin’ own the lower end of the car market.”
            -That’s the thing. Would be such a smart decision. Wish Ghosn would go that route. And also think of the brand boost Nissan would get — “Tesla’s best buddy” would bring great help to the brand’s appeal.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Well, work your contacts and make sure Ghosn is thinking about it.

            I would imagine Tesla would be open to a system where owners could purchase annual access to the SC system. Perhaps three levels:

            1) Taxi/delivery package. Unlimited charges per year. What the S and X now have.

            2) No place to charge where parked package. <20,000 miles a year drivers. 155 mile range at 80% charge = 124 miles per rapid charge. 20,000 miles / 124 miles per charge =~160 charges per year.

            3) Vacation package. Enough for <20,000 mile drivers who can charge where they normally park.

          • Kyle had an idea last night while sitting at a Supercharger with me. We will rope you in. Stimulated by your earlier comment. 😀

          • Freddy D

            Hehe – Yep. In product development and tooling cycles, nobody could pull off a dramatic response faster than Nissan with the LEAF. It’s a pure battery-sizing and pricing play. I’m not sure what the physical limitations of battery range is with the currently tooled LEAF, but I’d bet money that LG could fit batteries in with a 50% to 100% greater range in the same space as the 2012 leaf batteries. There’s your 150 miles. How to respond with range and pricing is strategic decision #1. Then, what DCFC format to pick; strategic decision #2. Despite the merits of Tesla, Nissan has much momentum in that ChaDeMo format.

          • One of the problems is that Nissan would have to do a radical redesign of its battery to handle supercharging. I certainly hope that all the manufacturers will adopt the Tesla supercharger, because the world needs one high voltage fast charging standard and Tesla certainly has the best one at this point, but Tesla supercharging requires an advanced battery monitoring system and cooling system that Nissan EVs don’t have. Hopefully for the next generation, Nissan/Renault will consider collaborating with Tesla on a supercharger network, but if they do that, they are basically telling all the Leaf/Zoe owners that there is no future for their cars, because they will stop investing in the ChaDeMo network. The only way that Nissan and Renault will join the Tesla Supercharger network is if the network also offers ChaDeMo connectors. We are probably going to continue having multiple standards for a long time, which is too bad.

      • Raja Bob

        I think rapid charging capability and total range are the two areas where all other EV manufacturers are going to have to step it up or be crushed by Tesla in the long run.

        Even if the Bolt, Leaf, and i3 descendants have pack sizes to match Tesla, without an equivalent to Supercharging, Tesla will be an obviously superior offering.

        • Bob_Wallace

          I totally agree with the rapid charging. But I think there is a significant market for EVs with less than 200 mile ranges.

          Think of lower range EV econoboxes. The sort of car that someone would purchase only for moderate commutes and running errands close to home.

          Imagine the number of people who would buy a $20k EV with a solid 100 mile range, even a solid 75 miles. Want to give you child a graduation present that they can use to commute to school? Want a second car in the household but the other car meets all your long range driving needs?

          EV econobox cars should be a lot safer than ICEV econoboxes. Frunk crumple zone. With batteries under the floorboard almost impossible to roll.

          • john

            You are correct in the assessment about that smaller car used for short trips in the family situation as well for singles who have limited funds starting out on their working life.

          • gundersonrogers

            Anyone have a clue how much of the 215 mileage an 80 mph freeway drive takes, for say an hour’s drive? I haven’t seen any stats on how the 215 number is calculated.

          • Freddy D

            The ranges tend to apply to gentle city driving with little climate control and/or 55mph steady on the highway, which just doesn’t exist in much of the US. People I’ve talked to routinely have to really work to plan charging for weekend driving in a Model S in real world conditions, where range might be closer to 200 rather than 300 miles. Superchargers are being added everywhere though, and batteries are improving. Meanwhile, I’d be happy to have any car in their lineup. Compare the 215 mile rating to the 85 mile LEAF, which has flat-lined for sales growth. Big step.

          • neroden

            Under real world conditions, I get precisely the EPA rated range in my Model S. If temperatures are way below freezing, range can drop by as much as 33%.

          • gundersonrogers

            I ask because my daily commute is 186 miles roundtrip. Mostly 80mph freeway, but, the final leg home is 12 miles up into the foothills, climbing from 500 foot elevation to 2000 feet at the house.
            I am not comforted with a 215 mile advertised range.
            I wonder how much for the 1st or 2nd battery upgrade.

          • Bob_Wallace

            I’ve got a similar problem with EVs. My last 15 miles goes from 500′ to 3,600′. The last 10% or so of a trip to the grocery store takes more energy than the other 90% of the driving.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Tesla seems to use EPA ratings when they state mileage. You might look up their mix of city and highway miles and what MPH they use for highway driving.

            Here’s a graph showing how range drops as speed increases with the Roadster and S.

          • neroden

            Tesla is promising 215 mile EPA-rated range for Model 3.

            Worst-case range, which only happens in very cold conditions, would be about 2/3 of that. Your mileage will vary, but it won’t be worse than that.

      • Freddy D

        You’re right – A move like that could keep them in the game. if they can charge $25K out the door this fall for 155 mile range, that’s a value proposition. Partly because it’s eligible for $7500 off, making it an $18K car. Last I heard, it was $30K for 85 miles, $35K for 115 miles though. And at 100hp, where’s the emotion and smile? It will be interesting indeed. I’m getting some popcorn to sit and watch this chess match unfold!

        • CU

          $30K for 85 miles, $35K for 115 miles -> $5k/30 miles -> $25K/150 miles for the battery only. I do hope Nissan over charges heavily for the extended 30 miles and it is not the true battery cost otherwise affordable EV is far away.

        • Pass the popcorn. 😀

    • One of the marketing points of the Nissan will be that you can get a Leaf today. At this point, anyone wanting to buy the Model 3 will need to wait at least 3 years and it might be longer with a backlog of 300,000 cars. Tesla probably can’t ramp up production more than 50% per year.

      Here is what I predict the production will be if a 50% increase every year:
      100,000 Model S/X in 2016
      120,000 Model S/X, 30,000 Model 3 in 2017
      70,000 Model S/X, 155.000 Model 3 in 2018
      100,000 Model S/X/Roadster, 237,500 Model 3 in 2019
      100,000 Model S/X/Roadster, 406,250 Model 3 in 2020.

      By the time production starts in late 2017, Tesla will probably have 500,000 Model 3s on order, which means that they will be filling their back orders until Mar 2020. I expect that orders will reduce for the Model S/X in 2018 as people order the Model 3, but Tesla will probably give their high end lines priority because they have the biggest profit margins and their message will be: “if you don’t want to wait 3 years for a Model 3, order a Model S/X.”

      In the short run, the Model 3 will suppress demand for EVs, because so many people are ordering the Tesla 3, that it will reduce demand for all the other EVs on the market. However, after the hype about the Model 3 settles down, people will start to ask themselves whether they want an EV today or in 3/4 years and I expect that the Nissan, GM, Renault, BYD, etc. will start selling again. I wouldn’t be surprised if a sizable number of Tesla 3 orders are canceled, when people realize that they will be waiting until 2019 or 2020 to get their new car, but they won’t have many good alternatives. GM is only planning on producing 30,000 Bolts, and it won’t have the batteries to produce many more, so the Bolt will also be sold out. At that point, buyers might want a long range car like a Model 3 or a Bolt, but the best they can get is a shorter range Leaf, Zoe, or a plugin hybrid, so they will settle for what is available.

      Nissan certainly has to respond with either lower prices, longer range or both, but I don’t think the announcement of the Model 3 is going to destroy the EV market in the short term like many expect. Instead, I anticipate that it will convince many people to look at buying an EV, but once they start investigating, they will settle for something less than the Model 3, because they don’t want to wait.

  • jebtom

    Tesla just gave all the other car manufacturers a huge glass of shut up juice! Damn

  • omar

    why roof top glass is a good think, for peaple dont have garage is not good because animals of the road always play on top of the cars can break it. if it was solar panels glass i can understand.

    • DecksUpMySleeve

      “because animals of the road always play on top of the cars”
      🙂

      • Bob_Wallace

        If anyone enjoys the Car Talk guys they should give a listen to the segment where Richard called in looking for a way to keep his goats from jumping on his girl friend’s car.

        http://www.cartalk.com/content/richards-goats

        Problem: Richard was getting very lonely….

      • Bob_Wallace

        Happens all the time…

        • omar

          haha, reality check

  • CU

    The glass roof is a disaster: Hard to access the trunk (& the roof is propably extremly expensive).

    • CU

      If Tesla was truely innovative, they should offer a hatchback with a PV roof that could cool the car in warm sunny places, and warm it in cold sunny places like a ski resort. The present shown glass roof is something that belongs in meaningless concept cars.

      • nakedChimp

        You can’t cool a car with that neglible energy.. what do you get at max?
        Sunpower cells, 300W peak for a roof area.. sun from straight above.
        The cells are integrated into the roof (=no cooling for them), this means they derate below the 300W mark and on top the 80-75% that’s not converted to electricity is being radiated to the outside and inside of the car.
        If the sun is at any other angle the numbers get worse..

        So forget that idea.
        Better run some ambient temp air through the car with a fan from that engery.. won’t cool, but keep just 5 degC above ambient maybe.

        The idea about the heating in winter with pv is a nice joke.

        • CU

          So 300W peak for driving a fan is stupid idea but the present dark glass roof with limited access to the trunk is a good one? Ski tourists are at a ski resort when the sun is shining, 300 W conncted to a heat pump means 1500 W of heat. Much better than nothing in an ice cold car is my humble opinion.

    • Shane 2

      With large scale production it is probably not much more expensive than combination metal and glass found on most fast back hatches. The trunk is harder to access than many.

  • Pete-In-Oz

    Tesla could easily take over one of the recently disused car plants in Australia (either in Victoria or South Australia where a under utilized workforce already exists). In addition, a co-located Gigafactory would also make perfect sense because Australia is also one of the largest sources of proven and probable sources of lithium in the world. Building right hand drive vehicles in OZ together with batteries would seem to make sense also because of our favorable exchange rate.

    • nakedChimp

      And who is going to pitch this to Elon? Bishop? Turnbull? Hunt? Macfarlane?

      • Shane 2

        Lithium is only 3% of a battery cell. High purity lithium carbonate is reasonably expensive to produce so the cost of shipping it to a battery factory is not going to be a major consideration as to where you locate the factory. Australia is a small vehicle market and Australia is not particularly competitive in manufacturing. That is why GM, Ford, and Toyota are leaving. The Aussie dollar is a well known yo yo. You can’t make long term investment decisions based on its current value. Everyone knows that Tesla are going to be concentrating on getting manufacturing started in China because China slaps 25% tariffs on imports and their EV incentives only apply to locally made vehicles. On top of that, Tesla are going to have to share the manufacturing with a local partner. The Chinese play hardball but they are the biggest vehicle market in the world and Tesla needs to do well there.

        • Pete-In-Oz

          G’day Shane 2. Thanks for this information as I was not fully aware of the % of Lithium Carbonate that is contained in each cell. I do know however, that a number of Miners of Lithium ore in OZ are in the process of developing plants to extract Li2CO3. The Chinese have moved quickly to sure up their own access to this material (e.g. Pilbra Mines, Neometals etc). I also understand that Li2CO3 can be obtained from salty brine but it requires a vast amount of brine in order to extract the required amount. You also have a historically valid point about the somewhat uncompetitive nature of manufacturing in OZ but the decision to close plants was more in part about the manufacturers not getting any further handouts and because of our then exchange rate remaining at or above parity for some considerable time to that of the US Dollar over the fallout of the GFC. I believe the exchange rate was more about poor management of monetary policy by our Reserve Bank than anything else as international money from the 4 corners of the earth wanted to flow here to secure higher interest rates than was on offer anywhere else in the world. In recent times the rate has collapsed back to a low of approx. 68cents though it has risen over the last 6 months back to approx. 77cents now. In any case, I still think OZ offers a tangible and viable solution if Tesla and the Commonwealth can engage and provide a contracted workforce (i.e. not unionised) to produce cars. But as Darryl Carrigan might well say “you’re bloody dreamin’ ” 🙂 Cheers Pete.

          • Shane 2

            I work for a mineral processing engineering company in Western Australia. Over the last 5 years we have worked on more than 10 different potential lithium plays. There would not be a week that goes by without my lab performing analysis work on lithium ore samples. Some of the plays are tantalum/niobium/lithium combos. These are elements are often found in combination because the pegmatite source rocks that produced the ore grade stuff through geo-chemical processes contain elevate levels of these elements. The carbonate part of Li2CO3 gets left out of lithium ion batteries. Our of our minerals engineers told me that South American brines are generally a cheaper source of Li but that it can take three years of solar evaporation and precipitation of various fractions over that time before one gets the lithium rich precipitate. I used to live in the Pilbara where solar evaporation industry is common place. Most of the Pilbara activity is there to exploit the excellent solar resource to produce sodium chloride from seawater. You will find vast areas of evaporation ponds near towns like Dampier, Port Hedland, and Onslow.
            My thoughts on the periods of high Oz dollar value included currency manipulation whereby the Reserve Bank expanded the money supply and gave each of us some to be put in our superannuation funds as long as the funds were used to purchase foreign assets. This drags the dollar down without problems of asset price bubbles within Australia.

        • It is far more important to be close to a good supply of aluminum, nickel and cobalt than lithium, because those metals are a higher percentage of the battery weight and they are heavier, so they cost more to ship. Aluminum takes enormous amounts of electricity, which in Australia comes mainly from coal, so I hope that Tesla doesn’t build batteries in Australia, China or India, until they switch to cleaner sources of electricity. At this point, lithium from Australia can’t compete with the production costs of Chile and Argentina and it requires much more energy than the solar evaporation used by the South American countries. However, the world is going to rapidly use up the high concentrations of lithium in the salt flats, so I imagine that in 30 or 40 years most lithium will have to come from pegmatite ores like Australia has. At the end of the day, there simply isn’t enough lithium, nickel and cobalt in the world to switch every car to battery power, so we need to start redesigning our cities, so that public transport makes sense. Suburbia and 2 billion private vehicles is simply not sustainable.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Lithium availability is certainly not a problem.

            At 20 mg lithium per kg of Earth’s crust, lithium is the 25th most abundant element. Nickel and lead have about the same abundance. There are approximately 39 million tonnes of accessible lithium in the Earth’s crust

            The Nissan Leaf contains 4 kg of lithium. Assume we use 3x as much for each EV in the future. 39 million tonnes = 3,250,000,000 EVs.

            At some point we start recycling. And if we’re still using lithium further down the road there are approximately 208,652,550,000 tonnes of lithium in seawater.

      • Pete-In-Oz

        G’day NakedChimp. Well it is worth considering and hopefully the political class would collectively advocate for such a position.

      • neroden

        Weatherill (Premier of South Australia) or Andrews (Premier of Victoria) can pitch this to Elon.

        Tesla did very, very well by converting a disused auto factory into the Tesla Factory. I suspect they’ll be interested in any other “disused auto factory, for pennies on the dollar” opportunities.

  • Greg Hudson

    Did anyone notice the different style door handles on the 3 demos? And the front… Blend a Porsche with an Aston Martin and there you have it.

  • djr417

    Im not a fan of the flat nose area…faux grille or something needs to go there- it just looks misplaced or forgotten. now about that Tesla golf cart that went by….

    • nakedChimp

      It’s been done before and people were ok with it.
      I actually liked it as it was so clean looking.
      Just slap the number plate there and be done with it. It’s just an adjustment of your mind really..

      1992 VW Passat:

      http://obrazki.elektroda.net/26_1267727143.jpg

      • Shane 2

        Or the GM Vauxhall Cavalier

        http://en.academic.ru/pictures/enwiki/67/Cavalier_Coupe.jpg

        But this has sloping sheet metal at the front that makes it look more aerodynamic and badging in the centre that breaks up the plank/slab look.

        There is no need for a boring plank face on a car. There could have been a more rounded or sloping look with badging in the middle to break up the plank look.

        Check out the Renault Zoe EV.

        http://www.themotorreport.com.au/content/image/2/0/2012_renault_zoe_electric_vehicle_02-4ca8f30611118-1056×606.jpg

        Sloping and rounded nose with a little black-work and badging to avoid plank nose syndrome. It is not a faux grille. It is just a styling feature.

        • neroden

          Put the number plate on model 3, it’ll look better. I don’t know why they display the “showroom” cars without number plates, it’s nutty. Most places require front license plates.

      • globi

        Most people don’t like faces without grilles, which is why they added a grille to that Passat just about 2 years later.
        I prefer cars without grilles, because I dislike non-functional parts especially if they hurt aerodynamics. And for that reason I think the nose of the model 3 should be less pointy/edgy in the middle.

    • Carl Raymond S

      Grilles are soooo 2015.

    • I think you will get used to it, and have the opposite feeling. But maybe that’s just because that’s the transition I and many others went through after the X came out.

      • Bob_Wallace

        Aftermarket opportunity.

        • gundersonrogers

          Hey Bob, remember aftermarket RollsRoyce grills for VW Beetle? Can’t you just see one of those bolted onto the nose of a Model 3?

          • Bob_Wallace

            I’ve got a picture in my collection….

          • Haha, what is NOT in your collection? 😀

  • Bruce Nelson

    I’m impressed with pretty much everything I’ve seen and read so far, with the exception of the trunk. I saw it being opened in one video and it’s almost like a wide, vertical porthole and quite limiting. Wish they would consider a hatchback so you could tote bulky items.

    • Freddy D

      I was thinking about that with the all glass roof. I want a hatchback to open wide. Hopefully they’ll have options. And I’d love to see a wagon. I’d happily forgo a couple percent range for more squared-off, contiguous cargo space.

    • ROBwithaB

      I saw that video and thought the same thing.
      About the only long trips I do are to the closest international airport, about 340km away. So the right sort of range.
      But imagine trying to haul 3 big suitcases in and out of that postage slot…

  • Bob Vittengl

    Zachary, thanks for the video, this model will help fortify to transformation to ev’s . Keep up the great work bring this revolution to light speed 🙂

    • Thanks!

      We felt very lucky to be the only ones there getting videos and photos along the test track!

      THANKS TO ALL OF YOU! 😀

  • TomK

    To me, it’s really beautiful. I’m glad I put down the reservation half an hour before the presentation began.

    There’s room to improve, though: Only one centre touch screen simply won’t do it. I hope they either add another display behind the steering wheel or a head-up display on the production version. If not, I’ll have to make an *extended* test drive before I actually place the order.

    • dRanger

      I would bet a great deal that the production version has a heads-up display. I just don’t believe they eliminated the earlier beautiful driver’s display to save a few bucks.

      • neroden

        I absolutely believe that the eliminated the driver’s display to save a few bucks. It’s all about keeping the costs down.

        A HUD probably is pretty cheap, though… so they probably will have one…

        I’ve driven a car with a center instrument panel before. It’s just fine. The only key is that it needs a plastic “shroud” over the top to protect it from glare.

    • Philip W

      You’re german right? How did you manage to put down a reservation at 5 in the morning?

      • TomK

        I meant 5 am CEST on April 1st… that’s 8 pm Pacific.

  • Andrea B.

    These are amazing images- so stoked for you guys!

  • Ross

    Zach, Did you test drive a Model 3 or do you have any interviews in the pipeline with people that did?

    I agree it looks like a Porsche looking down on the front, very nice.

    • We didn’t drive but have an exceptional interview with the guys from Evannex. As soon as we have more time on decent WiFi.

  • Martin

    At the rate they are being ordered, will Tesla build one or two more factories to build them?
    And what will happen to the battery market?

    • neroden

      I don’t think we’re up to “instant second factory” yet. But wait a week.

      If pre-orders exceed 400,000, then they’re exceeding a year’s production at the old full running rate for NUMMI (remembering that they still have to produce about 100,000 Model S / X per year) — and they won’t be at full running rate during the first year. This will make it imperative for Tesla to get a second factory going as fast as possible. Probably the Europe factory.

      • Freddy D

        Wow, yes the Fremont factory is huge, but will hit its limits. It hasn’t seen that kind of volume in decades.

        And more gigafactories too – can easily see maxing that plant out.

        And the Lathrop casting plant.

      • nakedChimp

        232k pre-orders now..

        • John Moore

          Absolutely mind boggling. With this kind of demand, is there any possibility that they would make some kind of deal, some affiliation, with one of the big manufacturers to produce Teslas in someone else’s factory? Some joint operation similar to the original GM/Toyota partnership at the NUMMI plant? Otherwise I fear that it could be years before they ever catch up with orders. Is it time for a mega deal? The only thing that really matters is that we get as many of these on the street, in the hands of the public, as possible.
          If Tesla is able to sell (I’m not saying deliver) 1-2 million cars a year within a couple of years, then don’t they have to go outside of just organic growth to satisfy demand? Why not hook up with a company who is used to making millions of cars per year to get it done? I don’t want it to be 2020 before you can order a Tesla 3 and get it right away. That’s what we seem to be looking at now. And I don’t want the “tipping point” to be 2030. Ford, are you listening? GM, are you hearing this? Toyota…… oh, sorry, didn’t mean to wake you. Go back to your nap.

          • neroden

            No. Tesla’s spent a huge amount of effort redesigning their production line. They won’t want a joint operation.

            There are lots and lots and lots of disused auto factories. I expect Tesla to find another disused auto factory and retool it, the way they did with NUMMI.

      • CU

        Since China is the largest market and will out pace any other EV market significantly in the coming years, the second factory should be in China. The third will be in Europe.

        • neroden

          Tesla’s getting a very poor uptake in China compared to Europe. China will buy more EVs overall, but I suspect Europe will buy more Teslas, at least for the next decade.

          • John Moore

            I sure hope not. Perhaps Tesla will catch on in China sooner. If they could, the number of vehicles Tesla would sell could just blow up. And if Tesla is making the best electric car, can’t the obstacles to adoption in China be overcome?

        • Ingenjör

          Som ekonom ser man genast att Tesla gärna talar vitt och brett om sina glädjekalkyler. Nu ska produktionen 8 dubblas på 2 år. Samtidigt fick de inte ihop sina produktionsmål för förra året utan fick gång på gång sänka sina prognoser (pga produktion och inte försäljning).

          Har du gjort någon research på något område innan du uttalar dig?

    • OneHundredbyFifty

      With Powerwall getting good traction and good response on the 3 I suspect we will see ground breaking on another GF in less than two years – After all they have, what is it, 4 sites, vetted. And BTW Li-Ion batteries are on the verge of obsoleting Lead Acid batteries which opens up a huge secondary market, enough to soak up the entire output of a GF. https://handlemanpost.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/why-the-tesla-giga-factory-is-a-sure-thing/

      • neroden

        It would make sense to have a European Gigafactory and an Asian Gigafactory.

        • I’d guess discussions are already taking place regarding both.

  • Harry Johnson

    Thank you Elon for eliminating the front grille. This car is seriously good looking. My only beef is the touch screen that demands too much attention.

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