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Tesla Model 3: great look at new black release candidate

The Tesla Model 3 release candidates seem to be multiplying lately now that production is no more than a few months away.

The latest sighting shows not one but two Model 3 release candidates at the same time and one of them seem to be a new black prototype.

The very first Model 3 release candidate that Tesla produced was black and it was spotted a few times after that.

A black Model 3 was also spotted in Cincinnati on the other side of the country.

But this new sighting in San Francisco today gives us a much better look at the black Model 3 up close and in high-resolution.

Nick Baum, the founder of, pulled up right next to the vehicle on the world-famous Lombard Street (all picture credit to Nick Baum – reprinted with permission):

Considering Lombard Street is always backed up, he was pretty lucky to be able to pull up next to it, but only that, there was another Model 3 right in front of it – making for some nice shots.

It almost looks like a setup for a photoshoot.

The black vehicle also appears to be a new one since it is branded #49, which wasn’t the case for the last black release candidate sightings.

It could mean that it is the 49th release candidate in Tesla’s Model 3 fleet, which wouldn’t be surprising at this point with all the recent sightings.

Another red Tesla Model 3 was also spotted today near Tesla’s headquarters:

And several white and silver Model 3 prototypes were spotted in the past few days.

As usual, we like to remind everyone that the Model 3 release candidates are being tested at different stages of readiness and therefore, it’s not necessarily representative of the production version.

Tesla said that the release candidates have been “built using production-intent tooling and processes, are being tested to assess fit and finish, to support vehicle software development and to ensure a smooth and predictable homologation process.”

The company is still aiming to start low-volume production in July for the $35,000 all-electric vehicle.

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