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Model 3 Interior Boards / Re: instrument tablet
« Last post by Babyfacemagee on August 27, 2017, 04:56:53 AM »
It is permanently fixed.  As to the durability of it...I guess we'll find out once these Model 3s have been on the road for a few months.
Model 3 Interior Boards / instrument tablet
« Last post by Allan E. on August 21, 2017, 01:28:27 PM »
The instrument tablet looks very easy to damage. Is it permanently affixed? What happens if someone hits it or some kid pulls on it? Would that completely disable the car?

It's hard not to like Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD, probably the most popular tech reviewer on YouTube.  As a huge fan and owner of Tesla's Model S, Marques is the perfect guy to take an initial spin around in the Model 3 and get his take, especially on how he compares Tesla's lower priced model to their flagship.  So what does he think?  Well I'll let you watch the video to find out but let's just say I wouldn't be surprised if MKBHD has a second care before long.

Fully Charged is a great Youtube based show that put together a great short show on the Model 3 filled with bits of history about Tesla as a company, the story of the Model 3 and infuses the whole thing with some great British humor and lots of great pics and video to boot.  Definitely worth watching.


Many of you might know that the next model that Tesla plans to introduce is the 'Y'.  Based on the same platform as the 3, the Y is set to be a min-SUV, kind of an electric sport-ute or a baby brother to the Model x.  The Model Y is not due to go on sale until 2019 and no pictures of the car exist except for a tease image shown by Elon Musk.  However, a talented graphic designer named Jan Peisert took the teaser image and using his imagination and the Model 3 for design cues whipped up the above video which shows us what the Model Y just might look like.  Great job Jan...we're excited for this next Tesla model and hope it looks as good as your rendering.
Model 3 General Discussions / Re: I didn't expect to pay $35,000 for a model 3
« Last post by Babyfacemagee on August 09, 2017, 05:42:57 PM »
So what is the final cost and breakdown for accessories for your Model 3?
Model 3 General Discussions / I didn't expect to pay $35,000 for a model 3
« Last post by bmz on August 03, 2017, 08:59:37 AM »
What interested me in the tesla model 3 in the first place was the self driving capabilities; and I knew the software was an extra cost option. That option on the model S added about 10%; so I expected to pay about $4000 extra for it on the model 3. Other than that, the features which come standard on all other $35,000 cars (power windows, mirrors, seats etc.) would suffice. Accordingly, I expected to pay around $39,000 (maybe a little more, but less than the average Musk expected of $42,000). But if you had told me that it would cost me $49,000 for that car, I would have laughed in your face--that would've suggested that Tesla had been conning us all along--and Elon musk had a much better reputation than that.

There has been only one substantial cost change while the model 3 has been under development--the cost of copper (hence the cost of electric motors e.g. power seats) has fallen about 50%. That is one reason why every other "$35,000" car includes electric seats mirrors etc. as standard. This has been clearly a bait and switch.

Mediakix created an interesting infographic that i've embedded below that shows a variety of interesting metrics to view Tesla Motors by as it rolls out the Model 3.  Stats such as market cap, ad spending, net income and more are all represented and compared to the competition.  It'll be interesting to see how the release of the Model 3 affects these numbers in the long and short term.


Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla Motors tweeted out some pictures of the first production Model 3 shortly after it rolled off of the assembly line on Friday.  We've posted them here for you to see.  So what are your reactions to seeing the final thing?  Is it what you expected?  Still plan on purchasing one?  What about the color?  Do you like the black?  We're looking forward to seeing pics of the interior and controls.


The wait is over!  Today, Friday July 7th, 2017 marks the official start of production for the Tesla Model 3 with sales starting later this month on July 28th.   Founder Elon Musk says his target is to produce 20,000 Model 3s per month by December.  Gene Munster, the tech analyst said "[The Model 3 can] change the world...We believe we will eventually look back at the launch of the Model 3 and compare it to the Apple's iPhone...[it will] advance us to a new paradigm in transportation, car ownership, ride hailing, city development and energy usage."  The Model 3, which starts at $35,000 base but around $40,000 well equipped has garnered over 400,000 preorders since its announcement over a year ago.   Featuring self-driving technology built-in and and over 230 mile range, the Model 3 is expected to be a blockbuster seller rivaling such venerable cars as the BMW 3 series.  It will be interesting to see if Tesla can pull off the introduction without any major hitches.  Stay tuned...we'll be bringing you all the latest info on Tesla's Model 3.  Meanwhile, let us know if you've ordered one in the commets below.
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