It’s been years in the making, but Tesla Motors finally showed off the highly anticipated Model 3. Unfortunately, it might be years before you can drive one.
Although you can reserve a Model 3 now for $1,000, Tesla says deliveries of the electric sedan won’t begin until late 2017. However, based on Tesla’s history, we wouldn’t be surprised if that were pushed back to at least 2018.
Tesla says deliveries will begin on the west coast, and previous Tesla owners will be given first priority in each region. The Model 3 will start at $35,000 before options, and the $1,000 deposit is refundable, Tesla says.
Few details were announced at the car’s official unveiling aside from the price. Tesla says all models will get at least 215 miles of range on a single charge, go from zero to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, provide seating for five adults “comfortably,” and include self-driving features and supercharging capability.
Supercharging capability means that you can recharge the Model 3’s batteries enough in 30 minutes to drive 170 miles, Tesla says.
The car also will have front and rear trunks, and the prototypes include a floating 15-inch touch-screen display for controls, according to reports.
Tesla says more details will be released closer to production time, and some elements will be changed and added before the car finally goes into production.