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Beautiful pictures of a Tesla Model 3 prototype in the Marin Headlands [Gallery]


Following Motor Trend’s Model 3 photoshoot at the Gigafactory, it looks like Tesla allowed another one and this time we don’t have to wait for the release to see the pictures.

Joseph Neuman crashed the shoot in the Marin Headlands:

I ran into a prototype shoot while on a motorcycle ride through the Marin Headlands and got some great shots with the Golden Gate Bridge and the city in the background. Hope you all enjoy!

Great shots indeed. You’ d think they are part of the professional photoshoot.

Here are the pictures:

Reprinted with permission courtesy of Joseph Neuman.

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  1. Dave - 7 years ago

    I can’t be the only one thinking “Please, someone get pics of the red one instead of the silver one.” Yeah, I know it was a mule and all that, but the red looked fantastic to me. (…and it’s what I’ll be getting when I’m allowed to configure my 3!)

  2. Chris Boylan - 7 years ago

    Ooh, think of the regen on the way down that 8% grade… 🙂

  3. Rob Barros - 7 years ago

    Thank You!!!! So looking forward to when it arrives

  4. George s - 7 years ago

    If he ever builds in any numbers it i will be amazed.. tesla is burning cash, millions a day and they just got 400 million in deposit money… just wait there will be another stock offering or more borrowing. These guys cant make a profit on these cars and they know it. Hope and propaganda. The idea is great would love a cheep reliable electric car but the $$ dont make sense. GM can loose money on every Bolt they sell, they kane 2.5 million cars a year. Tesla needs to make money and with production of the model s and model x dropping that isnt happening..

    • focher - 7 years ago

      I keep seeing some suggest that Tesla can’t make a profit at that price. First, the most expensive part of the car is the battery pack and motor. That very likely is about $13k-$14k (using $190/kW all in and about $3k for the motor). That leaves $21k-$22k for the rest of the car. Second, the Average Selling Price won’t be $35k. Musk already shared that the ASP is estimated at $42k, and those additional options carry additional margin as we know from every car manufacturer. Second, GM says they are going to make a profit on the $37k Bolt and that includes enough markup to cover dealer margin.

      So the assertion doesn’t pass the sniff test based on current pricing models. If Tesla continues to drive down the cost of the battery pack (and manufacturing) then it just makes the assertion that much less believable.

    • actortim - 7 years ago

      But Tesla does make a profit on the S and X, after material costs and wages. They’ve already stated that it’s between 15-25% per car, depending on options.

      The only reason Tesla aren’t profitable is that they’re investing heavily in capital costs like superchargers, Gigafactory and dealerships.

      I can’t see why they wouldn’t be able to make a markup on a Model 3 – the vehicle is simple enough to build and they’re using steel. The most expensive aspects are the battery and motor (and possibly the glass). We know they have costs below $190 per kwh – it’s likely that the battery cost, therefore, is less that $11K. The body of a car doesn’t cost $20K to fabricate – more like $10K.

  5. joeinslw - 7 years ago

    What most of you guys missed is that GM could have beat Tesla if they were smart, but they decided to help the oil companies instead. Back in the 90’s i.e. 1990’s GM could have sold their EV1 instead of leasing them, then GM lied to those people who leased those EV cars, because they were told by GM they were taking them back temporarily to improve on them, but instead they CRUSHED every one of them in 1999.
    Do your research and find out for yourselves if I’m making this, it’s all true, it’s all accurate. GM has no one to blame but themselves.
    Tesla will eat everyone’s lunch, and supper too, and deserve every dollar they earn, i.e. when the time comes.


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