Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter today to elaborate on the Model 3 launch which happens tomorrow. Perhaps to hedge expectations on how much will be revealed, he noted that there would be a second, more thorough reveal closer to the production cycle which is currently set at late 2017.
During the conference call discussing Q4 2015 financial results last month, Elon Musk said when talking about the unveiling:
“We’re trying to decide whether we should show all the cards or keep a few cards close to the vest. We haven’t made a decision yet.”
Now it looks like Musk decided to keep a few cards since last night he described today’s unveil as “part 1” of a 2-part process.
We of course revealed some important details about the launch, though perhaps those won’t be discussed tomorrow. Namely, that the Model 3 will have range up to 300 miles, and get to 60 miles per hour in as little as 4 seconds. As of right now, Tesla customers are lining up and reserving the Model S, starting in Australia and working their way around the globe.
We’ll be on line tomorrow and will of course will cover the event live late tomorrow night.
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When the model S driveable prototype was first revealed, the interior was very, very incomplete. There were also some minor differences in the exterior. I figure this is going to be the same sort of thing — this is a driveable prototype, but Elon wants to make it clear that this is not the final version.
Let’s not call this a launch, let’s call this a hyped up candy coated preview which will certainly be more expensive at time of delivery 2 or more years from now.
This is a prototype. It’s sort of the equivalent of the not-yet-in-production concept cars which other companies show off at the Detroit Auto Show, except that Tesla is actually going to produce this one.
Nobody calls this a launch. This is NOT a launch. They are just unveiling (some part of) the car. The launch will be in 18 months or so.
Kind of what you get 18 months before production. Can’t wait to see it. the specs, weight, pack size and if they made it efficient enough to use a smaller pack like 50kwhr base or less.