Demand Skyrockets for the forthcoming Tesla Model 3
Demand exceeded expectation as deposits for 276,000 cars were placed on Tesla’s first “affordable” model, to be released next year. The premium Califonia-based electric car designer and manufacturer is known for it’s stylish high performance S sedan and X SUV/people carrier crossover models but the more accessible starting price of $35,000 for the new Model 3 is sure to broaden the company’s market reach.
Although the 276,000 down-payments of $1000 over the initial pre-order launch weekend do not necessarily reflect the total amount of orders that will be completed, Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk stated on Twitter that the company will have to “rethink production planning.” The vehicles, which will seat up to five passengers and drive for 215 miles on one charge, may be pre-ordered in several countries across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
With more and more Tesla supercharger stations popping up around the world, its electric cars are becoming more and more convenient and the arguments for driving an electric car are strong. With lower running costs (no petroleum refueling or oil changes!), no exhaust emissions, high speed and the quiet gliding nature of driving an electric car, the reasons for hanging onto a traditional motorcar are dwindling. Of course, those who need to drive long cross-country distances may have valid concerns about running out of power in the middle of nowhere but with more electric vehicles on the roads, higher charging speeds and the increased conversion of natural energy sources such as hydra and solar power around the world (not to mention their abundant availability), we see these sustainable cars as the way of the future.
The Tesla Model 3, which is due to drive off the production line in 2017 may be reserved here in the meantime.