Elon Musk hints at new products, shares glimpse of Model 3

A peek at the Model 3. Hints for ordering solar roofs. The CEO’s travel plans.

It’s not only President Donald Trump stirring up followers on Twitter. Tesla CEO Elon Musk Friday took to social media for his occasional series of product promotion, fan Q&A and company cheerleading.

Musk posted a six-second video of a production-ready Model 3 driving along a dark street. The company plans to begin wide production of the car in July and deliver it to consumers this year. The first models are expected to go to Tesla employees.

Musk said the first Model 3s off the line will be only rear-wheel drive, to keep production simple as manufacturing ramps up. All-wheel drive functions, he said, could reach consumers six to nine months later.

The Model 3, pegged for a base price of $35,000, will be a smaller and more stripped-down version of the Model S. Musk said the Model S will remain the company’s fastest car, until a new version of the roadster arrives in a few years.

Musk acknowledged another vehicle in the planning stages — the Model Y — completing the Tesla “S-3-X-Y” collection of electric vehicles.

Musk added that the company would begin taking orders for solar roofs in April. Tesla has not released the price for a solar roof, which is expected to be made at the SolarCity factory in Buffalo, N.Y.

He said he expects to release more product details next week.

Musk whipped up his tweetstorm on a flight to Cape Canaveral, where SpaceX is scheduled on Wednesday to launch a refurbished Falcon 9 rocket.

Photo: Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at the March 2016 unveiling of the Model 3 at the Tesla Motors design studio in Hawthorne, Calif.  The $35,000 electric car has an advertised range of 200-plus miles on a single charge. (Justin Pritchard/AP)


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  • justbobf

    Ford doesn’t even use the Model E name, and from what I have read, the uncle filed trade mark claims after Tesla. Why did Tesla give in to Ford so easily?