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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.

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!


On the introduction of the Model 3 Elon Musk announced that their newest model would go from 0-60mph in less than six seconds.  The room breathed a collective sigh of relief when this was announced because up til that point it was unclear if the company would be able to achieve the kind of performance we've come to expect from Tesla automobiles at the new low 35k price point.  The Tesla S and X afterall feature a 'Ludicrous Mode' option which sees these higher priced models take off like a rocket ship with whiplash inducing speed and times as low as 2.6 seconds (the P90D) for 0-60.   Obviously then one of the questions future Tesla Model 3 buyers have had is whether the company's new baby would also feature 'Ludicrous Mode'.  Well, your prayers have been answered because in a tweet this past weekend none other than the boss himself, Elon Musk stated that the Model 3 will in effect offer Ludicrous Mode as an option.   No word on if the 0-60 time will match the blazing speeds of its higher priced siblings but we can be assured of some pretty impressive scores considering the base model is already fast.

Model 3 Polls / Which color Tesla Model 3 do you like best?
« on: April 20, 2016, 02:10:41 AM »
What color Tesla Model 3 is your favorite?  Let us know which you'd pick and if the color option isn't listed in our poll please tell us what you'd like here in the comments.


Feast your eyes on the hottest Tesla 3 color variant yet.  First shown during the 3's unveiling on stage on March 31, it was thought that the matte black color option would be more a show-piece than generally available color option.  Well apparently Elon Musk is hinting that it might be a production option after all as can be seen to his response to the following tweet. When it was suggested by Twitter user Jeffrey Kalmikoff that 90% of preorders would choose the matte black color option, Elon replied 'Matte black was surprisingly popular.  Probably makes sense to bring it to production'

Below are some more pics of the 'murdered out' Model 3 as it was photographed on southern california streets.  What do you think?  Is this your favorite color option or do you prefer the red or silver?

Perhaps the most controversial design element of the Model 3 is its blank grill-less front.  Elon Musk has reacted to some of the comments through his twitter account and mentioning that the design is not final and there still might be some changes or modifications to come.  Recently the Model S received its first facelift in 4 years and the front was changed to resemble to narrow Tesla adorned narrow grill of the Model X.  Would this same narrow grill and long hood look good on the Model 3?  Which do you prefer...grill or no grill?  Please vote and then let us hear your thoughts in the comments below.


According to Diarmuid O'Connell, Tesla VP of business development, pre-orders for the Tesla Model 3 are approaching 400,000 and "It delivers a message to the industry that there's incredible demand for great electric vehicles out there," O'Connell said at a conference on Monday.  The company had announced $14 billion in Model 3 orders when they hit 325,000 and at $1000 deposit per it would look like the company has $400,000,000 in cash to use to help produce these nearly 400,000 Model 3s. 

In other news there's been a lot of talk about the grill-less front end of the Model 3 and if the company will tweak it for the final design.  This past week the company updated the Model S to include a new Tesla emblem adorned front end that matches the Model X front.  We wouldn't be surprised if this same narrow grill with large Tesla emblem should appear in the final version of the Model 3 as well.  This might also entail modifying the hood a bit so that it extends straight down to the edge instead of the porsche-like rounded front that leaves a lip of hood before the end.  Here's a picture of the new Model S design as well as the current Model 3 front.  What do you think?  Would the Model 3 look better with a similar grill and hood to the new Model S?



By now if you've been following the Tesla 3 introduction you've seen plenty of video and pics from the official unveiling last week in Los Angeles.  But what we haven't seen...until now...was the company's new Model 3 driving around during the day in a public venue.  Youtube user 'Tesla Motors Fans' has posted the above and below videos which show just that.  Above you see a silver model driving in what appears to be the Marina Del Rey area of LA while being filmed by a camera attached to a silver Model S in front of it.  Is this an upcoming Model 3 commercial being filmed?  Could be. 

Below you'll see a matte black Model 3 in various pics shown at an unknown location.  Is the matte black a coming color option or is this a Model 3 in black primer before painting?  We're not quite sure but it certainly would be great to have a matte black option to purchase as it looks pretty slick to us!  What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below!


Barely a week after the official unveiling of Tesla's Model 3 and the company says they now have 325,000 preorders for the company's new car.  At $1000 deposit each that's $325,000,000 in cash that the company just got interest free to help fund production and represents over $14 billion in sales of the vehicle if all are eventually produced and purchased.  Analysts are calling the Model 3 demand 'unprecedented' for any vehicle before and that it underscored the pent-up demand for a mass market vehicle from the iconic automaker.  Interestingly, other major auto producers are finding demand for their electric vehicles less than stunning as low gas prices over the past year has boosted truck and large SUV sales.  The premium Tesla badge certainly has an allure and the company's track record of innovation and cutting edge technology as well as the cachet of owning a car from Elon Musk's company all certainly are playing a part in the volume of preorders.  Of course one can't fail to mention that the attractive design as well as promised 215 mile per charge and 0-60 in less than 6 seconds even on base models are part of the allure.  Have you reserved your Tesla Model 3 yet?  Let us know in the comments!

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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."


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!


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.

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