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Tesla to Start Delivering Model 3 Sedans to Customers on July 28

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In a tweet late Sunday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has hinted that his company will begin delivering the first batch of the much-awaited ‘Model 3’ sedans to customers on July 28, adding that the car has passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule (via The Wall Street Journal). Using an abbreviation for Model 3 serial number one, Musk wrote “Expecting to complete SN1 on Friday”.

Musk also announced on Twitter that production would increase “exponentially,” with 100 cars in August, more than 1,500 in September and 20,000 per month in December. A successful rollout of the Model 3 is crucial for Tesla, not only for Musk’s so-called “master plan” of moving consumers to sustainable energy sources, but also for the company’s financial future.

Tesla is aiming to produce a half-million cars by 2018, an enormous leap over last year, when the company produced only 85,000 units. Early Model 3 customers can choose the car’s color and wheel size. Later customizations include two motor options: one optimized for highway driving and the other for stop-and-go traffic.

The fully electric Model 3 is expected to cover a range of 215 miles on one charge and, sell at an estimated price of US $35,000.

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  • FragilityG4

    And how much tax paying money will be used to subsidize this billion dollar company all in the name of environmentalism?

  • rob geo

    cannot understand why people hate the environment so much! i prefer to breathe clean air and eat uncontaminated food and i really don’t want to live through an ice age!

  • FragilityG4

    I’m against fear mongering environmental extremist, the ones that make use believe it is appropriate to bankrupt us all in the name of a theory known as man made global warming. If we go into an ice age that would be because of the sun– not cars.

  • Tim

    Incentivizing the electric car revolution makes sense as a long term investment even if you don’t believe in global warming. Energy independence is good for geopolitical reasons for instance. With that said, the Tesla Model S, has proven to be one of the best cars on the market in its class, so there shouldn’t be subsidies for rich people to buy them, I agree with you there.

    With regard to the Model 3, though, I support an initial round of tax rebates based on the potential benefits of having smart, autonomous, electric cars everywhere. It’s not a black or white issue from my perspective. Government support in the form of tax breaks/subsidies for other industries (ie. the oil sector) has been omnipresent for decades and decades, so it’s a little much when people make a fuss about throwing some cash at EV development.

  • FragilityG4

    I thought the incentive was the money you saved from not buying gas? So that’s not enough? Gas taxes help pay for the road maintenance/expansion, where will the government make up that money? Tesla recently passed Ford and GM as the most valuable car maker… why do we still need to help them with “development”? They seem pretty developed and thriving.

  • FragilityG4

    I thought the incentive was the money you saved from not buying gas? So that’s not enough? Gas taxes help pay for the road maintenance/expansion, where will the government make up that money? Tesla recently passed Ford and GM as the most valuable car maker… why do we still need to help them with “development”? They seem pretty developed and thriving.

  • rob geo

    yes, if you are so against gov’t subsidies lets begin by stopping them for industries that toxify and destroy the environment, like oil, gas and coal. not paying for gas surely is an incentive to purchase an electric car, but it is much bigger than that. the fact that you are contributing to the betterment of the environment no matter how large or small that contribution may be, has to be a good thing and something inconceivable to rail against.
    and don’t worry about how the gov’t will make up for lost gas revenue because they have never been at a loss as to how to tax something!

  • FragilityG4

    My point exactly… we are taxed to death. We don’t need anymore taxes especially in the name of man made global warming. In Ontario our hydro prices are through the roof thanks to environmental extremist. We have the “Green Energy Act” which essential pays people for green energy at three times the rate that they sell the energy to the public. This green energy is used before any other means regardless if it’s needed or not. They all have lifetime contracts which appear impossible to get out without the tax payers taking a major hit.
    Bribing people to change is not a way to foster an overall change. It just punishes people. There are people in northern Ontario that have their delivery fee exceeding their mortgage.
    Environmental extremist are no better than the evil oil companies you speak of… and don’t pretend these environmental extremist are cashing in too.

  • rob geo

    if it is true that the gov’t in ont is spending 3 X more on the green energy than they are receiving then that does not sound like it would be sustainable for very long. in the lead up to the 2011 fed election there was a lot of talk about green initiatives and sustainable energy and the conservative response was that they were all in favour of green things, however, there was no infrastructure so we must retain the status quo. there is a cost to bulding the infrastructure but if we want a future we have to pay for it. we are moving ahead, not without problems, but we must continue. when apple was building their server farm in n dakota, local residents expressed concern that apple would consume too much electricity. they did go on the grid, however, within a short time with their solar panels and fuel cells they became 100% independent and are now selling power back to the county.

  • FragilityG4

    There’s that environmental extremism again “if we want a future” doom and gloom. Climate change exists. Global warming does not. Climate change is natural and has been happening since the beginning of climate. We, mankind, can not and will not change it. The Earth is over four billion years old, it is naive to think we can destroy it with a few cars. The carbon everyone screams about only makes up 0.04% of the air. The sun and the earths magnetic field are responsible for climate change. Global warming (or global cooling as it was known in the seventies) simply does not exist.
    Now we need to keep our air and water clean absolutely, but not at the expense of bankrupting governments and families. The initiatives that have been taken since the seventies has made a huge impact. But programs like the Green Energy Act simply don’t work. Germany abandoned their version of the act years ago because of exactly what you said: sustainability. Unfortunately for us, our politicians seem to have make sure that won’t be possible. Thank you George Smitherman.

  • rob geo

    i actually agree that people are not the major cause of climate change and there is an arrogance to unequivocally say so. it is just like the cfc ban of the 70’s where we were told that hairspray was destroying the ozone layer. but i wasn’t talking about climate change. i was talking about oil spills and tar sands and pipelines and frakking. these are things that can greatly negatively impact our lives and indeed have done so. taking one gas driven car off the road probably doesn’t make any difference to the environment but it has a larger impact on industrial focus and is a step in the right direction.
    where i live at certain times of the year the particulate count in the air becomes dangerously high and we are told it is singularly due to people having wood burning fires on their property. so in small ways people can make a difference i.e. stop burning wood.
    when i say i want a future i mean a future free of environmental destruction, of toxicity and not seeing lands and forests disappear forever because we destroyed them. i don’t think of myself as any more of an extremist than saying that shifting our economy towards sustainability will bankrupt us all!

  • FragilityG4

    It’s not the shifting that puts us towards bankruptcy, it’s the method. And I’m not an extremist when I say that because Ontario is bankrupt. We’re a have not province thanks to environmentalism and liberalism. Our cost of living is so high starting with hydro and our population only thinks with their hearts instead of their heads and that’s why the same government as been in power for nearly two decades siphoning more and more money from our pockets and pissing it away.

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