Tesla finally unveiled their highly anticipated Model 3 car, and fans around the globe are already lining up to buy them. They should because the car starts at only $35,000 in the US, which is half the baseline price of last year’s Model S.
The company’s boss, Elon Musk, revealed the red, silver, and matte-black models after sharing the company’s dedication to the environment. As he was speaking, he also revealed that Model 3 can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds.
“At Tesla, we don’t make slow cars,” he said.
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The billionaire and founder noted that the car can travel a distance of up to 215 miles per charge at a minimum and can sit five adults comfortably, so it is perfect for family vacations.
The slick design and features also include a roof made of one continuous piece of glass for beautiful headroom and a “feeling of openness” for those who are on a ride.
Like the Model S that came before it, Model 3 will feature front and rear trunks and boasts more cargo capacity than any gasoline car of the same external dimensions.
And Musk promises that a 7-foot surfboard will be able to fit inside.
When he first presented his design in Hawthorne, California, he also promised that the car is incredibly safe. He added, “We really believe with Tesla that safety has to come first, it’s paramount. It will be 5-star in every category.”
Car deliveries will begin as early as the end of next year, with Musk saying, “I want to emphasize that even if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car.”
At the end of his long speech, the Tesla CEO noted that in less than 24 hours, the total orders for the cars already exceeded 115,000, making it a big success even before it’s officially being released. The ordering began an hour earlier than planned, as demands are obviously high, and the company wanted to make sure that server overloads can be avoided.
In a CNBC poll, Musk said that 55 percent of the people who would put a $1,000 deposit on the car will actually go through with buying it. In an acknowledgement to the poll, Musk said, “Looks like we may need to increase production plans for the Model 3.”