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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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New Member Introductions / Re: Intro
« on: May 13, 2016, 01:25:27 PM »
Welcome Ed! I also have a deposit down.  For now we wait and follow the Model 3's ongoing development.  I'm sure we'll all be getting updates from Tesla Motors throughout the process.

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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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The Lounge - Off Topic Forum / Re: Tesla Model Y
« on: May 03, 2016, 04:12:53 PM »
Agreed.   I've seen that pic before. Could very well by the Y with one of the doors open.  It seems they've been having some issues with the X's falcon wing doors.  Hopefully they'll have it all mastered by the time the Y rolls around.

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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.

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The Lounge - Off Topic Forum / Re: Tesla Model Y
« on: April 28, 2016, 05:40:24 PM »
That's an interesting photoshop they did of a Tesla pickup.  Personally, I don't think the Y is a pickup.  I think it's more a crossover/wagon type of vehicle...a smaller version of the X built on the 3 platform.  That isn't to say we won't see some kind of Tesla pickup at some point.  There's a big market for the F150 type trucks, especially in the midwest and south.  But I don't think they'll do a truck until they have all the cars introduced.  Elon is on record saying they'll also have a vehicle even less expensive than the Model 3 eventually.  I think the 3 will be their mid-range and we'll eventually see an even cheaper $20k priced Honda Civic competitor. But that'll be a few years.  Their production capacity is tapped out with 400,000 Model 3 orders waiting to be manufactured.

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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.

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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?




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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.

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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?


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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!


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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."


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