It’s a sight to behold. Tesla has allowed one of its Model 3 prototypes loose along California highway 280 near the Tesla Motors headquarters in Palo Alto. Upon seeing a car that will be delivered to expectant owners next year, many couldn’t help but take photos and videos. It seems that the prototype didn’t seem to mind all the attention it was getting.
The Model 3 did not take to the highway on its own. It came with two able escorts in the form of Model S saloons. The Model 3 itself has been given a black matte finish. It seems that Tesla didn’t want to get much attention when they take the new car out for a spin. With all the excitement surrounding the Model 3, it’s hard for people not to pay attention to the car’s activities. That’s why Jeff Klakring snapped a video.
According to a report from The Week, Tesla has a habit of conducting open testings on a vehicle prior to giving its production a go. That is reportedly what they had done for the Model X, and now it seems they are using the same strategy for the Model 3.
Earlier this year, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said it’s possible for his company to produce around 100,000 to 200,000 units of the much awaited Model 3 during the second half of 2017. This is why he has been telling car buyers to reserve right away.
As far as reservation goes, Tesla ended up breaking their own record with the Model 3. Musk has revealed that as much as $7.5 billion is expected from this electric car variant alone. The Model 3 is Tesla’s most affordable car with a starting price of $35,000 before incentives. A reservation for a Model 3 can still be made for $1,000.
There are now reports that the Model 3 will come with two distinct drivetrain options: a rear wheel drive version and dual motor all-wheel drive version. Moreover, it will have a range per charge of 215 miles. The Model 3 will also be able to go from 0 to 60 in under six seconds. However, this car is expected to get faster when the driver activates Ludicrous mode.
For now, feast your eyes on the Model 3 prototype on the road. Soon enough, your very own unit will arrive.
— Jason Lewis (@cbotnyse) June 20, 2016