A first glimpse at the world’s most awaited electric car: Tesla Model 3
Trying to catch the first glimpse of the much awaited car, huge crowds gathered at Tesla’s retail locations in Los Angeles as well as Palo Alto. The first official Tesla Model 3 cars for display have been installed at two of the company’s retail locations. The electric vehicles are attracting huge crowds that would remind one of a new Apple product launch.
Tesla’s Stanford Mall (Palo Alto) as well as its Century City Mall (Los Angeles) have now become the first of the company’s two retail locations that have a Tesla Model 3 on display.
The innovative automaker plans to slowly add more Model 3 cars on display to its locations across the USA as it hikes the production of these electric cars and continues with the rollout of the latest electric vehicle. However, for now, it is these two locations only where the general public or the reservation holders can see the Tesla Model 3 for themselves and get a feel of the electric car after sitting in it.
Scores of people had reportedly been waiting for more than 2 hours even before the stores opened. By the time the stores close, the queues generally swell up to several hundreds of meters. The demand from the public to see and feel the vehicle is extremely high, so much so that Tesla has had to limit each individual no more than 2 minutes of time with the electric vehicle. Barriers have been set up to control the crowds.
At times, looking at the enthusiastic crowds, Tesla store employees have been staying back late in order to give everybody an opportunity to see the Model 3.
Tesla Model 3 is set to rule the electric car market
The Tesla Model 3 is a mid-sized electric sedan manufactured as well as sold by Tesla, Inc. According to Tesla claims, the standard Model 3 has an electric range of 220 miles (350 km). The long-range model is claimed to deliver 310 miles (500 km) per charge. The Tesla Model 3 has a minimalist dashboard, with only one center-mounted touchscreen.
After a week of unveiling Model 3, Tesla said, they took 325,000 reservations for the car. This is more than triple the number of Model S (Tesla’s flagship electric car) sedans that were sold by the end of the year 2015. The reservations point to potential sales of more than US$14 billion. By August 2017, there were reported to be 455,000 reservations, with 1,800 reservations on an average added per day.
While limited production of the Tesla Model 3 started in mid 2017, the first production vehicle rolled off the assembly line on July 7, 2017. A unique feature of the Tesla Model 3 is the company’s claim that it carries complete self-driving hardware, which can enabled at a future time.