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If you have not guess already here at Driving Dreams, we just love driving and this week Elon Musk the American billionaire and owner of Tesla is launching the Tesla Model 3. Now we know learners are not going to be able to shell out on a car like this straight away, but it’s a car that will pay for itself!

Now the price is $35,000 which is around £27,000 ouch how much!
Well check this out.
Lets say you use a full tank of fuel every week, actually some people will use more, but in a Mondeo you can a 70l tank and at current prices for unleaded its £80 to fill the tank up. That’s just over £4000 a year on fuel. Now we know the cost of fuel usually goes up each year, but in just over 6 years, by using the Tesla, you would have saved over £24000 on petrol. The car almost pays for itself.

This is what AutoExpress have got to say about it

“The new Tesla Model 3 is officially here – the first road-ready car has been finished and production has begun

The very first production Tesla Model 3 has been built and is ready to be delivered to its waiting customer – namely Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself.

Once again Tesla’s showman chief executive has used Twitter to catch us all off guard, posting two photographs of Tesla Model 3 number one. It’s hard to spot any key differences between this road ready car and the pre-production models touted by Tesla way back at the car’s initial unveiling in March 2016, but we should get a complete overview of the production Model 3 very soon. A handover party for the first 30 Tesla Model 3 cars is planned for 28 July, and we can expect to hear full details on powertrains, trims, finishes and options. ” http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/tesla/model-3/87867/tesla-model-3-elon-musk-shares-pictures-of-first-production-car

And the following is the review by http://www.caranddriver.com/tesla/model-3

It has the size and stance of another car called the 3 (from Mazda), its single instrument is a billboard-like 15-inch touchscreen glowing in the dash, it accelerates with the nearly silent rush that cheetahs use to get their lunch, and it will start at $35,000 when it first reaches customers, which at this moment is said to be the end of 2017. Welcome to the “affordable” Tesla Model 3 that 115,000 people supposedly put deposits on before the highly secretive car was even shown to the public at a launch party at SpaceX, Tesla’s sister company headquartered in Hawthorne, California.

From the side and back, the sedan Model 3 looks like a Model S with a very tall roof and a bobbed nose and tail. Up front, it has a blunt upturned snout that evokes the original Tesla Roadster as well as the new, sealed-up prow of the Model X. It is genetically linked to all of its ancestors—both in the styling and in the many pounds of lithium-ion batteries packed into the floor (also, all but the Roadster have front and rear trunks). It owes a heavy debt to the other cars in Tesla’s lineup.

“For all of you who bought an S or an X, thank you for helping pay for the Model 3,” Tesla chief Elon Musk told the crowd, referring to the Model 3 as the culmination of Tesla’s “secret master plan” to hasten the arrival of zero-emissions, self-driving transportation by producing a series of increasingly cheaper and more-practical cars. “With any new technology, it takes multiple iterations and economies of scale before you can make it affordable,” Musk said. A mass-market car “was only possible to do . . . after going through the prior steps.”

This is the car that will either save Tesla or kill it. To tool up for the expected volumes, which could be in the range of 75,000 a year the first couple of years, Tesla will risk a lot of capital on ramping up production, retail, and service capacity, making the Model 3 Tesla’s do-or-die moment. Everything will be bigger, from the factory parts inventory to the number of robots in the body shop to the size of the fleet of trucks needed to ship the product to the financial risks of a recall.

Beyond what’s written above, we don’t have a whole lot more details about the Model 3. Musk says the base model will have a 215-mile range and will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds. There also will be a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version. He also promises that it will achieve five-star crash-test ratings and that Autopilot hardware will be standard. The company is otherwise being very stingy with the details. For example, it won’t tell us the sizes of the available batteries (thought to be between 40 and 60 kWh) or what the car is made out of. The Model S and Model X are primarily aluminum, but that’s an expensive material and, at the Model 3’s price, a tough cost challenge. Even so, during our brief test ride, we quietly touched a small magnet to various outer panels, the inner doors, and the structural pillar between the doors and got not a single quiver of attraction. A Tesla engineer told us the car is a mix of steel and aluminum but refused to elaborate. Unless the prototypes we sat in were made from nonproduction materials, there’s not much steel in that body.

Musk boasts that the Model 3 has more interior space than any car with its exterior dimensions, but we’re doubtful. The back seat is snug for the knees, mainly because the underfloor battery pack necessitates a high cabin floor and also because the front seats are thick thrones. The tall side glass means there’s plenty of headroom, however, and an enormous panoramic rear glass that curves over the rear passengers’ heads helps give the cabin the feel of airy spaciousness. Up front, the driver faces a dashboard that’s completely bare save for the oversize, horizontally oriented touchscreen; the speedometer readout is in the upper left-hand corner.

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