Tesla Model 3 Dropping Soon

July 9, 2017

The Verge:

Elon Musk said that the first production unit of the ultra-anticipated Tesla Model 3 would be coming this week, and here it is. The Tesla CEO posted two photos of the vehicle to Twitter late on Saturday night.

Musk has said that the first 30 Model 3 customers will receive their cars at a party on the 28th. Production is expected to grow to 100 cars in August, more than 1,500 by September, and then 20,000 by December.

It looks like this car is heading straight to Musk’s garage. Tesla board member Ira Ehrenpreis was the first to put down his deposit, but apparently gave the rights for the first production vehicle to Musk as a 46th birthday present.

Below, Amory Lovins on the impact of the EV revolution.

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6 Responses to “Tesla Model 3 Dropping Soon”

  1. Gingerbaker Says:

    I’m really starting to warm up to Amory Lovins after holding a bit of a grudge against him and the RMI for their pure capitalistic gung-ho re RE.

    But he seems pretty on the money in this video, and also on this one from Climate State where he talks about natural gas being worse for the environment than coal:

    Nice to see that shot of the 1st Model 3 off the line – I was wondering when we would be treated to that image. 🙂

    • MorinMoss Says:

      “after holding a bit of a grudge against him and the RMI for their pure capitalistic gung-ho re RE”

      Relying on grassroots efforts wasn’t going quickly enough. People of power & influence needed to be brought into the fold.
      Unfortunately the modern GOP & their supporters are a stubborn, shortsighted bunch.

  2. MorinMoss Says:

    Let’s hope that the production goes smoothly; no repeat of the Model X which was borderline disastrous.
    Musk needs to shut up & deliver after promising not too long ago that a minimum of 100,000 Model 3s would be delivered in 2017 and it now seems to be 1/3 of that.

    Which is still more than I expected but with the event several weeks away & months to go before the end of the year, it’s still not known if even that much lower target will be achieved.

    • Gingerbaker Says:

      Why the vehemence? Plenty of auto manufacturers have failed to produce products on time or according to spec. VW diesel comes to mind. And there is this:

      http://www.autonews.com/article/20170310/RETAIL05/170319989/auto-recalls-hit-record-53-2-million-in-2016

      I also criticized Musk for insisting on those gull-wing doors for the X and the resulting delays. I may have missed it, but I don’t recall reading an article where the delay cost Tesla significant sales.

      As far as ” a minimum of 100,000 Model 3s would be delivered in 2017″ that was a while ago, and was corrected quite a bit. I remember Musk talking about very small delivery numbers for the 3 in 2017, with true ramp up not until 2018. I myself argued that the Bolt was going to have a big advantage because of this. I was wrong.

      He seems to be exceeding those expectations. And with 400,000+ reservations, it doesn’t matter anyway, does it?

    • funslinger62 Says:

      The Model X is a very difficult car to manufacture. That’s why there were numerous delays.

      The Model 3 was designed to be much easier to manufacture. The main cause of production delays will be delays in delivery of parts from outside parts suppliers.


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