Tesla Model 3 Mania: 1 year and 400k reservations later

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    March 31, 2016, the day otherwise known as Model 3 Mania drew thousands of eager Tesla enthusiasts worldwide who lined up during predawn hours at their local Tesla showroom, in hopes to become one of the very first to reserve Tesla’s highly anticipated mass market sedan. Many went as far as to camp out overnight in front of the storefront to get an early jump on placing their $1,000 reservation deposit when stores opened the following day.

    The day of Model 3 Mania also saw Elon Musk making a surprise visit to the Century City Tesla Store and giving high fives to the hundreds of eager Model 3 reservation holders that were waiting in line. What followed that evening was Tesla’s official Model 3 reveal event. Invited guests were given the opportunity to test ride in the Model 3, but also witness arguably the most significant product launch in automotive history.



    Now, one year later and with a presumed reservation count well north of 400,000 vehicles, Model 3 is set to take stage again at Tesla’s final ‘Part 3’ launch event.

    We’ve outlined some of the milestones Tesla has been able to achieve for Model 3 in the short year following the vehicle’s debut.

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    Release Candidate video - The most recent Model 3 teaser came in the form of a video that Elon shared via Twitter. No new details were revealed other than the fact that this was the closest near production-ready Model 3 we have seen thus far. In true Tesla form, the release candidate looks similar to the vehicle the company showcased on March 31st of last year. There doesn’t seem to be any major updates on the aesthetics of the car other than a slightly revised nose.

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    Right Hand Drive Model 3 - Elon confirmed over Twitter that right-hand drive Model 3 won’t be arriving until the summer 2018.

    Dual motor all-wheel drive option arriving later - Initial production run will be for the rear-wheel drive Model 3 with all-wheel drive models following 6 to 9 months after. It was communicated that this is to keep production as simple as possible from the outset.

    Battery Size estimates - Model 3 battery will max out at 75kWh and have likely a 300+ mile range based on the current physical limitations of the chassis size.

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    Capital raise in preparation for Model 3 - Tesla kicked off another capital raise to rake in an additional $1.3 billion ahead of the start of Model 3 production. This was in addition to a $2 billion stock sale several months back.

    Warehouse Expansion - Tesla signed a lease for 1.3 million square feet of warehouse space northeast of the Fremont factory. We expect that this warehouse will be used to store battery pack inventory moving from Gigafactory 1 in Spark, Nevada to the Fremont factory.

    Gigafactory starts Model 3 battery cell production - Gigafactory 1 will begin production of Model 3’s high performance ‘2170 cell’ in Q2. Tesla is currently mass producing 2170 lithium ion cells for the company’s commercial and home battery storage systems.

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    Heads Up Display - Model 3’s gauge-less cluster has led many to believe that Tesla had plans for a HUD. However, that was quickly put to rest after Elon confirmed over Twitter that Model 3 will not have heads up display.

    Supercharging congestion a concern in advance of Model 3 - Model 3 will add a significant number of Tesla vehicles to roads around the world, leaving many to wonder about the type of impact this will have on the Supercharger network. Mainly, how long do I need to wait before I can charge?

    Tesla addressed these fears by implementing a new annual cap on Supercharging for all owners that purchased a Model S or Model X this year.

    Model 3 Ludicrous Mode - For the performance junky out there, Ludicrous mode will indeed be available for Model 3, though Elon did note that it’s not going to be as fast as Model S.

    All eyes are on the start of production for Model 3 that’s scheduled to take place in July. Employees will have the ultimate first shot at taking delivery of a new Model 3.

    Happy 1 yr old birthday Model 3 Mania.

    Article: Tesla Model 3 Mania: 1 year and 400k reservations later
     
  2. LeoChelsea

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    Boy, that Model 3 is a real head turner! I can foresee cleaning this baby on a daily basis :). I've never been so anxious to buy a new toy since being a teenager and getting my first car.
     
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    #3 Mergoscia, Mar 31, 2017
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    "Model 3 battery will max out at 75kWh and have likely a 300+ mile range based on the current physical limitations of the chassis size".

    Where do the (range-) numbers come from?
    Pure guessing? In the most ideal situations?
    Or based on predictions out of tesdtdrives in real circumstances in real traffic situations in town and on / 8% sloping free- / highways at speeds of 62 mph to 81mph and in wintertime with snow ice, headwinds and minus 20 C?

    I know I am getting rapidly annoyed. No-one of Tesla or Teslarati does give an answer where those numbers are based on.
     
  4. Michael Russo

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    @Mergoscia , remember what Elon tweeted last week... 'oh YE of little faith'... :D
    Seriously, yes, there are still lots of unknowns... yet, you (and me too! ;)) still have plenty of time to get more facts & answers over the next few months, long before we are given the opportunity to morph our reservation into an order... or not...
    (Try to) Stay cool... This is an exercise of patience and of conviction. Last thing, for sure by the time we would get our car in two years, it will already have been improved versus the first ones coming out of the line this summer...
    Which other carmaker will offer that, VW for instance...? Allow me some level of skepticism... :)
    Anyways, in the end, each of us is still free to decide what is best individually! Cool.
     
  5. GreenEnergyMom

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    Still eagerly waiting! I hope that the Model 3 has room for a couple car seats in the back. :)
     
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    Good question Green
    Good question... I will need one carseat, but I have two other 'booster' seats I'll need to fit as well :) How's that for wishful thinking!? My current Volvo C70 - can only handle two booster seats in the back (the middle is a 'hump') - thus, my reason to upgrade not only to the EV but also to the M3 (wish it was the Model Y coming out first!). Back to your question, I would be very surprised if the M3 could not handle 2 carseats (i.e. on each side)... just hope you do not have a third child - as they likely will not fit between the two carseats.
     
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    Wrong. 399,999 reservations later. I cancelled mine. Tired of the hypocrisy of Musk and his 'reservation' sequence.
     
  8. Michael Russo

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    Well, sorry for you... truly. Hopefully you can feel better you made all the ones behind you happy to have moved up a spot... ;)
     
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    @michael,
    I am not sure Elon/ Tesla will put improvements in place, other then the problems and children's deseases which will pop up in the first cars for the workers. I think Tesla will produce all 400.000 reserved cars first. After that changes and real improvements will be put in place.
    If I were a carmaker I would not change in between. You will have to face changes in productionlines and delays. That is what Elon does not want!
     
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    @Mergoscia , first of all, in all fairness, we don't know how many total Model ≡ reservations T≡SLA has as of now. It could be less than 400k, yet quite likely it can be many more, well over half a million. There is no particular reason to start bringing in enhancements as of a specific number. Besides when we look at the recent history with
    T≡SLA, they seem to make more regular minor tweaks as times goes, relative to practices of traditional ICE carmakers, who generally work around model changes every 6-8 years and facelifts in between...
    So... yet another item that remains to be seen...
    The day is young and full of promises... (GoT-like quote... :))
     
  11. D|BigBlackNerd

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    All of these manufacturers estimates are based off of "EPA estimates". In other words, they run a similar cycle to the one used by the EPA and derive their performance data from that. It's common practice in the industry.
     
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    The Model 3 can seat 3 in the rear so it should be able to easily handle two car seats. I suspect it may have trouble with car seats that have more massive design though. Talking about those seats that are larger and thicker.
     
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    Dunno. Most of us largely expect the interior to be almost as roomy as in Model S, with almost the same wheelbase, though it is shorter on total length. I'd be pretty confident most (child :D) car seats should fit, @GreenEnergyMom ! :cool:
     
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    If the Model 3 is as roomy as a Model S, then yes you would be correct Michael.
     

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