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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.


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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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It seems that Tesla's Gigafactory battery metropolis had a fancy new visitor recently and the pics above and below were snapped by various workers and visitors as proof.  Above we see a 3/4 rear shot of the Tesla Model 3 which shows its sexy back half and wrap over glass roof.  Below we have a front shot clearly showing the front fascia and the control panel that is visible next to the steering wheel.


Here's a closeup shot of the center mounted display.  When the car was first shown the display was on a swivel mount that seemed like a temporary position, while this seems to be a more permanent mounting.   The full Model 3 dashboard and interior of course is still yet to be seen at the official 'Part 3' of the Model 3 introduction which will take place in the coming months.  There's more shots at the source below.

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At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Panasonic, Tesla's partner in the creation of the lithium ion batteries that will power Tesla's Model 3 electric autos announced that production had begun inside Tesla's giant Nevada Gigafactory.  The factory is expected to product 35GWh per year of battery cells by 2018, which is about as much as the rest of the world's battery capacity...combined. While at first the batteries will be used in Tesla's Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 for use as energy storage in homes, beginning in mid-2017 the factory will also begin making the lithium cells to be used in the Model 3 auto.

The Gigafactory is the biggest battery making facility of its kind in the world and at maximum capacity will be able to pump out most of the batteries needed to power Tesla's projected 500,000 cars per year production volume.  Currently the gigafactory is only 30% completed and occupies 1.9 million square feet but it is rapidly being built out and should be finished during 2017.  Interestingly, Panasonic has another power venture with Tesla.  In October they announced they will team up to create photovoltaic cells for solar panels in New York.

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On Wednesday, October 19th, Tesla held it's 'part two' of what is expected to be a three part unveiling for the Tesla 3 model that will begin shipping in 2017.  Part one of course showed us the exterior of the company's low priced sedan and the second event saw CEO Elon Musk announce that all new Tesla vehicles, including the the new 3 plus the existing X and S series will now have the required sensors included for autonomous driving capability.  While this ability will not be available yet and will require a future software upgrade it assures drivers that their cars will not become obsolete when such capability is available.  It also gives another pretty attractive reason to purchase a Tesla over competing models.


As part of the announcement the company showed a video of a Tesla Model X driving itself around an urban environment including entry to a freeway, merging into traffic, exiting off the freeway and finding and self parking. Quite impressive.  All of this is said to be done at safety levels that are greater than a human driver. The sensors that are included in all new vehicles are a very robust assortment including 8 surround cameras for 360 degree coverage, 12 updated ultrasonic sensors plus forward facing radar. In order to run all this hardware the company has developed a new super powerful dedicated onboard computer it calls Tesla Vision in order to make sense of all this incoming data.  So what do you think about this announcement?  Impressed?  Does it make you more eager to purchase a Tesla 3?  Let us know in the comments.


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If you've ever been interested in the history of Tesla Motors and wanted to hear anecdotes from some of the original employees and contributors then today's shareholder meeting headed by Elon Musk was a tour de force of Tesla Motors history and info.  Starting off with the original strategy and revealing that at first suppliers didn't even want to return their phone calls it's a fantastic watch for all Tesla fans.  It's going on live now so we'll post the full video afterwards for you to watch.  We've linked the complete shareholder meeting in two parts below.



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In the past week we've gotten a bit more information on just how Tesla Motors plans on fulfilling its ambitious goal of ramping up production to meet demand for it's Model 3 sedan.  First off the company has announced that a total of 373,000 pre-orders have been placed.   The company plans to boost the current production rate of 50,000 autos a year to an impressive 500,000 annually by 2018.  Raising funds to build out its production capability is a major part of that plan and the company has announced it will issue $1.4 billion in new Tesla shares to fund this expansion.  The company has also been making some new hires including Audiís Peter Hochholdinger, who will join the company's vehicle production division and help streamline and improve production to meet the lofty targets.  Finally, if you haven't placed a deposit for a Model 3 yet and you're looking for a new job, one employer is offering new hires a Model 3 as part of their compensation for coming aboard.  North Carolina based Practichem, a maker of scientific instruments is trying to inspire and entice highly sought after technical workers to its company and thinks having a Model 3 as a perk of working there will inspire his employees to do similarly groundbreaking and inspirational work while at the company.  What do you think...should more employers offer Tesla Model 3's as incentive to join their companies?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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A series of new pictures of the Tesla Model 3 over at Motor Trend gives us one of the first really good shots of the car's enormous dash/roof glass that extends the full length of the cabin. As can be seen above all 5 passenger seats will have full view of the sky above but what's not entirely clear is how a bright sunny day might affect passengers.  While a gradated tinting is expected as exists on the Models S and X, we're curious if the openness could be 'too much' on those bright days and if there might be the possibility of adjusting the tint if necessary.  We're confident Tesla has thought this through and it won't be an issue.  Some other great shots in the Motor Trend article include a family shot with the Models S, X and 3 all together, as well as a number of detail shots of the Model 3 and a video.  Make sure to check out the full article at the link below and then come back and discuss right here in the comments!



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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk gave an update on the Model 3 during yesterday's earnings call of the company and he had some surprises in store.  With 400,000 pre-orders and counting for the Model 3 the company had originally planned on moving production volume from the roughly 50,000 per year today for the Models S and X to 500,000 by 2020.  With so many pre-orders for the Model 3 however he is pushing the company's schedule to the limit and his new goal is to pump  out 100,000 vehicles by the end of next year, 2017 and 500,000 per year by 2018...two full years faster than his previous benchmark.  He views this challenge as so important that he's moved his desk to be positioned at the end of the assembly line at the factory at Fremont, California and even has a sleeping bag stashed on the premises for those late night sessions he might have to pull to problem solve. 

This is an extraordinarily aggressive goal and will force the company to deal with the myriad of problems that all large automakers face such as supply line and component availability issues plus some new ones, such as the need to finish Tesla's Gigafactory which will be supplying the batteries for all those vehicles.  In addition the company will need cash...it's still to be seen how they go about that, although it shouldn't be hard to convince investors or lenders now that he's got a 400,000 car line of waiting orders.  It is Elon Musk's stated goal to change the world and make EV's (electric vehicles) the norm rather than the exception.  Can he do it?  It seems we'll be finding out sooner than later but it would be hard to bet against the man that has been called the real-world inspiration for the 'Iron Man' movies.

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While the base model 3 will start at $35,000 before incentives there will surely be a host of options available for the powertrain, interior and exterior options.  What is the maximum you expect to spend to get the Model 3 that you want and what options would you most likely be willing to pay for?  Larger battery?  Leather seats?  All wheel power? High End Stereo?  Let us know your thoughts and please vote in our poll!

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