Pre-release Tesla Model 3 spotted near company headquarters

A new sighting of the pre-release Tesla Model 3 in the wild popped up on fan site Teslarati.

The “wild” in this case means off a test track and on the bucolic streets surrounding Tesla’s corporate headquarters in Palo Alto.

A Tesla fan named Wayne captured a glimpse of a black, four-door sedan and spun a U-turn in pursuit. Wayne snapped a series of smartphone photos before the elusive EV sped into the distance, trailed by a BMW.

Tesla expects to begin production in July on the Model 3, a $35,000-lower-cost alternative to its Model S. The company took nearly 400,000 reservations in the weeks following its unveiling.

CEO Elon Musk believes the company has developed a more sophisticated manufacturing process that will allow it to safely bring the Model 3 to customers quickly, skipping more extensive road-testing done by traditional automakers.

Musk recently posted a video of the Model 3 outside the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

 

 

Tesla produced about 25,400 vehicles in the first quarter of the year, a company record, putting it on track to top last year’s total of 84,000 cars and SUVs. It hopes to reach a broader market with the Model 3 and pump production up to a half-million vehicles next year.

The production news pushed Tesla stock over $300 per share, and gave it a market value exceeding Ford and almost eclipsing GM, the two long-established and profitable automakers.  GM launched the Bolt, its all-electric competitor to the Model 3, last year.

Photo: The Model 3, Tesla’s $35,000 electric sedan, was unveiled Thursday, March 31, 2016. (Tesla Motors via AP)

 

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  • dustin

    fake news, the m3 will cost 43k, will not be delivered on time, and will have serious quality/safety issues

    • Douglas Chun

      you keep thinking that dustin. the rest of us will be buying out $35k Teslas when he’s caught up with the demand.

      • dustin

        Obviously a bag holder. Here are the facts Chun. Subsidies will expire before the M3 is released which will add $8,000 to the price tag. Solarcity is bankrupt and TSLA has to come up w/ 1.2 Billion this year just to keep it a float. The Model X made Consumers Review list of Most Unreliable Cars, WTI Is projected to stay below $60 this year, TSLA is 18 billion in debt, their average GAAP loss per vehicle is $4,100 dollars, $400,000,000 of insider sales to the sell side in the last 12 months including Kimbal Musk who was gifted $10 a share, subprime auto defaults are skyrocketing, and the EPA is being dismembered. TSLA has sold 150,000 cars in its existence while ford sells 2 million a year! TSLA is valued more then FORD! 75% of TSLA is owned by hedge funds who manufacture the headlines and by ratings. The remaining 25% is composed of stupid flocks such as yourself 🙂

        • Daryl A

          LOL, nice string of make believe. But like a Trump tweet, no basis in reality.

          • dustin

            “lol” Stop giggling like a 13 year old girl. Every word listed above is fact, you just do not like the truth so you decide not to heed it. People like you is why this american tax payer ponzu scam has grown to these proportions.

          • Daryl A

            LMAO, alt-fact made up by the BS artist from corporate lower case “america”. Really, you paid China based trolls need to know how to spell if they are not going to copy and paste from there script.

          • dustin

            its “their” you “LMAO” teen age girl

    • Douglas Chun

      …and if you keep declaring everything you don’t believe or didn’t know abut before is fake news, you’re going to live a very cynical and unsatisfying life.

  • dcx

    Can’t believe Tesla is going to sell this car without the one year-plus all climate road testing other cars get. I wouldn’t want to own one of the early production vehicles.

    • dustin

      They have no choice, they have to meet the deadline. No Beta testing, just full blown production.

    • Daryl A

      Why do you think they have not tested them? Not like the old time automakers test production cars for a year before starting production. They use the prototypes (Tesla’s have been seen testing in all weather conditions). Then if there is a change they make it for the production model.

      • dcx

        Tesla has done some testing with mules (Tesla 3 components in Model S/X cars). The testing I am talking about is with the final car design coming off the actual assembly line. Car companies typically spend a year or more with at least 100 vehicles. That’s where you catch hidden flaws in the process and design before you sell them to the public. Tesla did that with the Model X, and its launch was still a mess. Tesla service centers are going to be swamped if problems start turning up six months or a year out.

  • Thelip95032

    “A Tesla fan named Wayne captured a glimpse of a black, four-door sedan and spun a U-turn in pursuit. Wayne snapped a series of smartphone photos ”
    so where’s the photos.

 
 
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