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A series of tweets in response to some comments about the bare dashboard of the Model 3 has given us some more information about the 'part 2' of the Model 3 that he has alluded to.  Apparently the blank dashboard without any gauges or controls of any kind that was shown during the part 1 unveiling on the 31st was not what the final Model 3 dash will look like.  According to Musk in a reply to a twitter user named Cosmin Davidoaia he replied "Wait until you see the real steering controls and system for the 3. It feels like a spaceship."

Model 3 Purchase and Lease Boards / Re: Putting deposit on Tesla 3
« on: April 05, 2016, 12:32:19 AM »
Also put mine down.


On March 31st, Elon Musk took the stage at Tesla's Hawthorne, CA location and introduced the world to the company's 4th vehicle, the long awaited 'affordable' Tesla Model 3.  Featuring a futuristic design that echoes styling of the larger Model S but in smaller form Elon started out the presentation by discussing the need for electric vehicles as a hedge against global warming and climate change.  He then took us on a short history of the Tesla Automobile company and described how the strategy of starting off with the high priced roadster and then continuing the development of the technology in the less costly Model S and Model X had finally led to the Model 3, which was designed from the ground up to be a much more affordable electric car that could be bought by the masses and starting at only $35,000, which is competitive with similar sized gasoline models from BMW, Audi and others. 

While many of the technical details remain to be announced at a later date we know that the Tesla Model 3 will have a 0-60 time of less than 6 seconds and get at least 215 miles per charge.  Musk was careful to say that the Model 3 announcement will be in two parts...the exterior could be seen at the announcement but the interiors, which for now seem a bit bare with a dash bare of any instruments and only a large flat screen display showing speed and other readings and controls.  Since the announcement Elon has stated over Twitter that the interior of the Model 3 will resemble a 'spaceship' when shown later this year.  During the announcement on the 31st Elon announced that over 130,000 reservations had already been made online and in stores for the Model 3 and within 36 hours that number ballooned to over 200,000.  In a separate tweet Musk said the company would have to 'rework' some of the planning for production of the Model 3 due to overwhelming demand.   We'll have the latest info as it comes out right here on Tesla3forum.com so make sure to register and let us know your thoughts about the exciting Model 3 from Tesla.


Tesla officially unveiled their Tesla 3 sedan last night at the company's headquarters in Hawethorne, California.  Standing in front of an excited crowd, Tesla founder Elon Musk introduced the company's new auto amid a spectacular light and effects show filled with all the expectation usually reserved for the heyday of Apple Computer.  After a brief introduction and remarks regarding the need for sustainable technology in autos three gleaming Tesla 3 autos drove on stage while an intro video played as backdrop and rousing music drove the audience to applause. 

Musk stated the introduction of the '3' will be in two parts.  Last night was the introduction of the sedan and widely expected to be the second part later this year will be a crossover or perhaps small SUV version of the 3, with falcon wing doors similar to the company's Model X SUV.   While many of the specifications on the 3 are still being kept underwraps we know that the sedan will get a minimum of 215 miles per charge and have a 0-60 time of less than 6 seconds.  The car features a gorgeous one piece wrap over glass windshield similar to the X series that geos from hood all the way back to mid-car letting the driver and passengers have a panoramic unobstructed view while driving.  The interior features a large center mounted display for all driving gauges and controls and a spartan, but futuristic looking interior.  Since the car is still in development these 'model 3' are still considered in development and we expect further refinement of the interiors.   The exterior features a swooping Tesla S like look with a bare grill area similar to the Model X and flowing attractive, sexy lines that should allow the Model 3 to compete nicely with such cars as the BMW 3 series and Audi 4000 serie. 

The company announced that before the unveiling already 115,000 customers had put down the $1000 deposit to reserve their Model 3 and as of today that number had risen to just under 200,000.  Within 2 years the company expects its gigafactory to be able to produce up to 500,000 cars a year with first deliveries coming in late 2017.   Make sure to come back to tesla3forum.com for the latest news on the Tesla 3 including tons of pictures and video.  Make sure to register and join in on the conversation and be part of the community as we continue to build your Tesla 3 online community!

Model 3 Purchase and Lease Boards / Re: Putting deposit on Tesla 3
« on: March 31, 2016, 05:54:11 PM »
I plan on putting my reservation in tonight at 7:30pm PST when orders are officially opened online.


With the official unveiling of the Tesla Model 3 only hours away, some specifications of Tesla's latest model have reportedly been leaked by an enthusiast website 'eletrek'.  According to a 'source' with close connections to the Tesla company it's reported that 0-60 mph times will be under 4 seconds and an additional 80kwh battery will be available as an option for the Model 3 that will give the car a 300+ mile range.  No word on what the range on the stock Model 3 will be.  Of course there's no confirmation that this leaked info is true but we should have complete info tonight along with pictures and possibly video after the official unveiling of the Tesla Model 3 in California.

One last note.  The official unveiling will be streamed on Tesla's website at 8:30pm PST here: https://www.teslamotors.com/

Make sure to come back to the Tesla3Forum.com to discuss afterwards.


JB Straubel, Tesla Motors design chief gave an hour long talk at the University of Nevada in which he discusses some of the aspects of the upcoming Model 3 electric car by the company.  He touches on the company's new gigafactory being built in northern Nevada and talks about what Tesla has been able to accomplish so far and where the company intends to go.   He also discusses his company's thoughts on education and technology and how the current pursuit of sustainable energy will shape the careers and opportunities of the future.  It's a great video to watch to understand how the company thinks and where it will take us.


What do you do if you're sitting in a hotel lobby and happen to overhear the Tesla design chief on the phone next to you?  You ask as many questions about the upcoming Tesla 3 that he'll permit you to ask of course!  And that's just what Daniel hoffman, a regular reader of CleanTechnica did when he found himself in that very situation.  Daniel could only get a few quick answers out of Bernhard Lee, Tesla's design chief and he was expectedly very tight-lipped but here's how the conversation supposedly went down according to Daniel:

I also asked him if it will be a shrunken Model S, and he said it will be similar, BUT it will have very special design. I also asked if there will be any delay, and he said very firmly “no”. I also asked if the March showcasing is on, and it is (he was surprised I knew the month). Unfortunately he seemed very busy, so I couldn’t annoy him any longer. But it seems that they are not trying to make a cheap design for their “cheap” model. I’m really happy about that, because if I wouldn’t buy a Model S, then the Model 3 is an obvious choice.

And there you have it.  So if the Tesla 3 will have a similar design theme to the Tesla S but with some 'special design' touches, the above and below renderings by Designrm seem spot on or at least close to what we could expect...which isn't a bad thing for the $35,000 Model 3 due to be shown to the public this coming march and available for purchase in 2017.  Let us know what you think in the comments below.


Tesla Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel has revealed that the Model 3 platform will employ both new battery and engine technology so far not seen in Tesla's Model S and X platforums.  In Straubel's words, Tesla will be "inventing a whole new platform" for the Model 3. It will also have "a new battery architecture, it's a new motor technology - brand new vehicle structure...so it's a lot of work. This is something we started on even a few years ago. But it is a brand new vehicle - and it has to be."

The reason for so much new innovation appears to be driven by the target price of $35,000, before incentives, for the Model 3 price.  Such an aggressive goal requires virtually every system to be rethought compared to the pricier Model S and Model X.  The Model 3 is meant to be a mass produced model with much higher volume production than its more pricey siblings and target such benchmark sedans as the BMW 3 Series. 

Site News / Seeking Moderators!
« on: November 06, 2015, 10:06:17 PM »
We're seeking a few passionate Tesla 3 owners or fans to serve as moderators on the site and forum.  It's a great way to help build our community while having 'superpowers' and extra privileges around the site.  Some of the duties include answering questions, starting up conversations and policing spam.  Let us know if you're interested in joining the team!

Model 3 Maintenance / Welcome to the Tesla Model 3 Maintenance Board
« on: November 06, 2015, 09:45:14 PM »
This board is for all topics related to the care and maintenance of your Tesla Model 3 auto.  Please feel free to discuss all maintenance related issues, costs, tips etc.

The Tesla Model 3 is expected to feature a touch screen control interface similar to its big brothers the Model S and Model X.  This board is about all topics related to the use of the Tesla 3 electronic interface to control all functions of the automobile from navigation to performance to music and more.

Model 3 Performance / Welcome to the Tesla Model 3 Performance Board!
« on: November 06, 2015, 09:41:56 PM »
This board is for all performance and driving dynamics topics related to the Tesla Model 3.  Horsepower, handling, driving in wet, dry, cold or hot, performance tweaks, extending range, taking corners etc.  Anything related to the ride, handling and performance of your Tesla Model 3 auto should go here.

Model 3 Accessories / Welcome to the Model 3 Accessories Board!
« on: November 06, 2015, 09:39:54 PM »
The Tesla Model 3 is sure to become the best selling Tesla auto ever and as such we expect there to be a ton of aftermarket as well as OEM accessories available to customize your auto with.  Let us know which are your favorites, where you got them and any great deals you've found.  In addition, any topics related to accessories for the Tesla Model 3 including your wish lists of future accessories are welcome here.


With the coming reveal of the Tesla Model 3 in March of 2016, only 4.5 months away, there have been a number of talented artists and designers that have created their own vision and 'best guess' of what the Model 3 will look like.  Ranging from the practical to the whimsical, from the sporty to conservative, Tesla Turk has put together a cool video showing many of the best designs.   Of course we won't really know what the Model 3 looks like for a while, but let us know which of the concepts in the video you like and which you would buy.

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