Below is what we knew before Tesla production started. For the latest new on the Model 3, please click here.
- More news via Elon on Twitter. First production car expected to be complete 7/7/2017. First 30 customers (likely investors and maybe employees) to get car at handover party on the 28th & predics 20k cars/month in December.
- Elon posted short low res video of the first release candidate on 3/24/2017
- Elon hosted a tweet storm on 3/24/2017 with quite a few Model 3 tidbits. Text/Links/Screenshots below.
- "Am noticing that many people think Model 3 is the "next version" of a Tesla, like iPhone 2 vs 3. This is not true."
- "Model Y is coming too in a few years."
- Performance model is coming "probably a year from now. S will still win on acceleration though, due to having more space for a larger battery."
- "Model 3 is just a smaller, more affordable version of Model S w less range & power & fewer features. Model S has more advanced technology."
- Dual motor option isn't coming until "next year" and elaborated "we are minimizing configuration complexity to keep the production ramp on schedule. RWD only for early production, just like Model S."
- He believes day one reservation holders will still be eligible for full tax credit.
- When asked if there will be no heads up display, and how speedometer, etc will be handled, Elon responded "The more autonomous a car is, the less dash info you need. How often do you look at the instrument panel when being driven in a taxi?"
- Fred from electrek.co, questioned further regarding lack of instrument cluster and building for an autonomous world before regulations are passed and Elon replied simply "it still has one display." Fred pressed again asking for confirmation that all data would be on center screen "So all content normally on the instrument cluster will be on the center 15-in display for Model 3?" - Elon didn't respond on that.
- Right-hand drive cars should be available summer of 2018.
- Max battery pack with current tech will be 75kWh
- Hint that range will be better than Bolt
- Model 3 won't have any new consumer facing tech that hasn't been introduced on the S/X :(
- Latest #Model3 News from the February 2017 Q4 earnings call:
- In early February, we began building Model 3 prototypes as part of our ongoing testing of the vehicle design and manufacturing processes. Initial crash test results have been positive, and all Model 3-related sourcing is on plan to support the start of production in July. Installation of Model 3 manufacturing equipment is underway in Fremont and at Gigafactory 1.
- "Model 3 program is on track to start limited vehicle production in July and to steadily ramp production to exceed 5,000 vehicles per week at some point in the fourth quarter and 10,000 vehicles per week at some point in 2018." That means a max of ~60k Model 3's in Q4 of this year.
Ahead of February's earnings call, Baird's Ben Kallo expresses confidence in Model 3 production. "Kallo now expects 25,000 Model 3 deliveries in 2017, and expressed confidence that Tesla would be able to ramp production, although the company was unlikely to give a specific Model 3 guidance." - Benzinga.com
Tesla confirms retooling of factory for Model 3 in February 2017, will pause Model S/X production for a week (via electrek.com)
Details on the new Supercharger credit program are emerging. Seems well thought out and fair to everyone. "A Model S owner would be able to travel from Los Angeles to New York for just over $100 in charging cost under the program." - Source electrek.com & Tesla
Check out the video from Tesla below! Model X drives itself without human input through urban streets to highway back to streets, then finds a parking spot
- All Tesla vehicles produced after October 19th, 2016 – including Model 3 – will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability via tesla.com.
Lots of great autopilot info on Tesla's site
Presumably the Model 3 will still come with Autopilot's safety feature software included, and there will be an additional charge for enhanced Autopilot software which enables radar, sensors, 4 cameras ($5000 for S/X). Full self-driving capability enables all 8 cameras and costs an additional $3000 for the S/X.
Clues in the Tesla.com source code hint that it may be possible to purchase credits for Supercharger access (more info via electrek)
- Elon released his "Master Plan, Part Deux" on 7/20/2016. Key points include
- "Create stunning solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage"
- "Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments" - compact SUV (Model Y), new kind of pickup truck, semi trucks, and a new kind of vehicle to replace buses)
- "Develop a self-driving capability that is 10X safer than manual via massive fleet learning" (yes, please)
- "Enable your car to make money for you when you aren't using it" (this I'll need some major convincing on!)
- Elon confirms at the Code Conference there will be a 'big' #Model3 event at the end of 2016. via Verge & Code Conf video here
- Elon Musk confirms at May 31st, 2016 shareholder's meeting that supercharging access will be an added package for the Model 3. This usatoday.com article does a nice live blog of the whole meeting.
- Tesla hires Audi’s Senior Director of Production to build the Model 3 program.
- Tesla announces new Model 3 production plans - planning to produce 500,000 cars per year by 2018, instead of 2020. More info over on elecktrek.com.
- If you already reserved, considering signing up at model3tracker.info. Similar X/S tracker sites provided some really great info, especially once production starts to see who is getting their cars when and where they are located, etc.
- The Tesla blog has been updated to announce they have "now received more than 325,000 reservations, which corresponds to about $14 billion in implied future sales, making this the single biggest one-week launch of any product ever." Our Pre-Order page has a breakdown of all of the reservation number announcements if you're interested.
- If you haven't been following Elon's tweets lately, you've been missing out on lots of great Model 3 details! Links below and gallery of the tweets below that in case any of the links go dead.
- Musk thinks reservation holders who placed their pre-orders prior to reveal will see their cars before 2018.
- The Tesla Model 3 is RWD standard, optionally dual motor AWD (under $5k). Both should behave well in snow.
- When asked about lack of dashboard & HUD (heads up display), Elon replied, "it will make sense after part 2 of the Model 3 unveil." Part 2 will reportedly be close to production - late next year.
- When questioned about the steering wheel, Elon likened the Model 3 controls that we haven't seen yet to that of feeling like a spaceship!
- Front end of the car is undergoing some tweaking.
- Not all west coast orders would be prioritized, just the very early production. East coast buyers will still have a chance at the tax incentive.
- "Our production ramp plan should enable large numbers of non X/S customers to receive the credit. We always try to maximize customer happiness even if that means a revenue shortfall in a quarter. Loyalty begets loyalty."
- Regarding the small trunk opening, "we should be able to increase the opening width and height" - it won't be a hatchback, though.
- Leg room available for 6'5" people.
- Vegan interior optional as well as a tow hitch
- Model 3 will fit 2 child seats, or 3 slim ones
- Matte black surprisingly popular
- Elon tweeted design sketches from the design team lead by Franz von Holzhausen
- According to thread over on TMC that quotes Tesla PR, maybe supercharging isn't included on Model 3 after all. Further proof is the Tesla website has been updated on the Model 3 page from Supercharger being listed for "Long Distance Travel" to Supercharger "Capable."
- Musk revealed the Model 3 in Hawthorne, California on 3/31/2016 meeting Tesla's promised reveal timeline. Highly recommend you watch the 22 minute presentation on YouTube if you haven't already. Some new key information for Model 3 hopeful owners:
- Minimum range will be 215 miles
- 0 to 60mph for base model < 6 seconds
- Supercharger access is included on all models (note: Tesla PR later later waivered on this)
- Active Safety features are standard, but autopilot convenience features will be an option. This likely means things like automatic emergency braking, side collision avoidance, lane departure warning would be included in the base model, but features such as autosteer, traffic aware cruise control, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, and summoning will be an added fee. This is the same with the S & X - the hardware come standard and you pay to have the software 'unlocked.' On the S & X, you can pay for this after you own the car, but it's a little more expensive versus adding the option at build time.
- Interior of the car showed one large screen in between the driver & passenger seats with no screen behind the steering wheel. Tesla employees showing off the car made it seem like this was a design decision not likely to change.
- Tesla service centers, super charger stations, and destination charging stations are all planned to expand greatly by the time the Model 3 is released.
- As of midnight on April 1st, they were over 133k reservations!
Older pre-reveal news can now be found here.