Tesla reveals its $35.000 car for the masses

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 2:56 PM

Even before Tesla unveiled its new Model three on Thursday night, more than 115.000 people had already paid $1.000 to reserve one of the highly-anticipated electric cars.

Tesla reveals its $35.000 car for the masses

Even before Tesla unveiled its new Model three on Thursday night, more than 115.000 people had already paid $1.000 to reserve one of the highly-anticipated electric cars.

These early buyers didn't know what the car would it see like -- a lot love a smaller Model south with an up-turned nose -- or that it'd have a starting price of precisely .000. They also didn't know that it'd go from zero to sixty in less than six seconds and have a range of at least two hundred fifteen miles.

"We don't create unhurried cars," CEO Elon Musk said at the car'south unveiling, adding that these are minimum specs the company hopes to exceed. "You'll not be able to purchase a better car for $35.000, or even close, even if you obtain number options," he said later.

Musk said the Model three will seat five comfortably, and he emphasized "comfortably." After the launch event at the automaker'south Southern CA design studio, Tesla executives gave guests brief rides in prototype Model three cars. The vehicle does, in fact, seat at minimum four people comfortably. Five would probably be a squeeze.

The windshield and back window nearly touch, leaving only a narrow bar of real roof to separate them, which makes for a nearly complete view of the sky over occupants' heads. There is number gauge cluster in front of the driver, only air-conditioning vents.

A rectangular touchpad screen mounted on the dashboard between the front seats is the only information display. The car'south speed is displayed in the upper left corner within simple view of the driver.

The car I rode in was an all-wheel-drive dual-motor version which would cost more than $35.000, but also be more powerful that the base model. Acceleration was neck-strainingly quick, and the ride was -- as always with electric cars -- strangely quiet.

Love the larger Model S, the Model three has a trunk and a "frunk," meaning there are large storage areas at both ends of the car. That gives it more storage space than any gasoline-powered car of similar size, Musk boasted.

Musk stuck by his promise that the Model three will go on sale by the finish of following year. The Fremont, Calif. factory where Tesla (TSLA) builds its cars used to produce nearly half a million cars a year when it was owned by Common Motors (GM) and Toyota (TM), he said, so it should've number trouble meeting Tesla'south needs for this third model.

Tesla'south enormous new NV Gigafactory should also be able to produce more than sufficient lithium ion batteries to meet demand.

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