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Tesla Model 3: new 4k video gives us best look at Model 3 release candidate testing

A new white Tesla Model 3 release candidate has been spotted quite often in the past few days as Tesla appears to be accumulating a lot of mileage on the vehicle for testing.

We received a new 4K video of the prototype – giving us our best look at the white Model 3 so far.

The sighting follows the vehicle being spotted at the Supercharger station in Gilroy, California, yesterday, and in Cupertino the day before that.

The new video of the release candidate was sent to Electrek last night by a friend of the site who prefers to stay anonymous.

We can see that some panels appear misaligned around the back fender and trunk. Though again, the Model 3 release candidates are at difference stages of readiness and therefore, it’s not necessarily representative of the production version.

It shows the vehicle driving on the highway with angles from the front, side and back of the car. Here’s the video:

It gives us a quick view of the interior of the vehicle and a decent view of the steering wheel.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to have been updated from the previous prototype and we can’t spot anything that would warrant Elon Musk’s comment that the “steering controls will feel like a spaceship”:

We also get a good view of the front and back of the vehicle where the parking sensors are visible all around the car. The different angles of the front-end also show that it has been significantly refined since the alpha prototypes:

It looks like the release candidate program is moving along fine ahead of the start of production planned in July, but we are likely to get an update on the program today after Tesla releases its first quarter 2017 financial results.

Considering Musk said that Tesla was still on schedule for the start of production in July during a TED talk interview last Friday, any concerns aren’t likely about if the production will start in July, but about the volume that Tesla will be able to reach by the end of the year.

Tesla recently took delivery of a massive shipment of robots for the Model 3 production lines and based on its parts orders to suppliers and internal teams, the company expects to ramp up production of the $35,000 all-electric sedan to 5,000 units per week by September.

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