Tesla Model 3 revealed: Say hello to Tesla’s first mass production car

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Tesla founder Elon Musk has offered glimpse into his firm’s first mass production car, the Tesla Model 3.

Musk tweeted photos of the new Model 3 after it had rolled off the production line at the firm’s plant in California.

The electric sedan will go on sale before the end of this month, with the firm to produce 200,000 vehicles by the end of December.

The Model 3’s $35,000 starting price makes it the firm’s most affordable vehicle to date and is less than half the price of the Model S, the next cheapest of the Tesla range.

The Model 3 represents the first step in Elon Musk’s plan to transform firm from a luxury car maker to one that produces environmentally friendly vehicles with mass market appeal that even more people can afford.

The launch of Tesla’s previous models, the Model S sedan and Model X were hit by production delays and quality issues. However, Musk has said previously the Model 3 is much easier to make, despite the firm having no real experience of mass producing vehicles.

In 2016, Tesla made 84,000 cars, while more established car manufacturers such as Toyota or Volkswagen typically produce around 10 million vehicles per year.

While Tesla hasn’t specifically said how many people have ordered the Model 3, an influx of new vehicles on the roads could cause an other problem from the electric car manufacturer – power.

With an additional 200,000 new vehicles to service the company will need to meet the challenge of servicing all those new cars, as well as ensuring its network of service stations can accommodate the extra demand.

Tesla has said it will increase its service centers worldwide by 30 percent in 2017. At the beginning of the year it had around 250 centres.

Meanwhile images from leaked earlier this year claim to give an insight into the “alien robot army” responsible for producing the Model 3.

 

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