Tesla Model 3: order books full already for 2017!

Tesla unveiled its affordable Model 3 earlier this year, and it’s a car that promises to democratise electric vehicles. However, unless you’re one of the lucky 400,000 that have already placed orders, it looks as if you won’t be able to have one silently rolling into your drive way until mid 2018.

The Tesla Model 3 promises to be affordable, but when deliveries will start exactly remains a question.

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The all-electric 3 Series rival will boast a minimum range of 215 miles and a 0-62mph time of less than six seconds, regardless of derivative. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said these numbers were “minimum targets” which Tesla hoped to exceed when the finalised figures are revealed closer to market launch.

Tesla has also said that the Model 3 will be very practical for its size. Like the larger Model S, the Model 3 gets a luggage bay at both ends, and the lack of an internal combustion engine means that extra cabin space has been freed up. The windscreen and roof are also made from a single pane of glass designed to make the passenger cell feel light and airy.

From the outside, the Model 3 takes styling cues from the larger Model S, and gets two luggage bays like its larger sibling too.

The Model 3 is seen as the final stage in a ‘master plan’ to popularise electric vehicles. The three-stage plan began in 2006 when the Roadster was launched. From there, Tesla planned to build an “affordable” car (the Model S), before revealing an even more affordable car (the Model 3).

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The all-electric mid-size saloon was unveiled in California in April, and has been pre-ordered by around 400,000 people. It’s because of this high demand that Tesla has announced that any orders placed hereon in won’t be filled until mid-2018 or later.

The new model has been described as a “mass-market, affordable car”, and will cost from around $35,000. At the time of its unveil, that meant it’d cost around £24,300, but the recent drop in the value of the pound means UK customers currently stand to pay roughly £28,400.

Unless you've already placed an order, don't expect to get behind the wheel of a Model 3 until mid 2018 at the earliest.

However, for those in the UK that want to reserve one, the £1,000 deposit currently remains unchanged. Tesla has also confirmed that the extended delivery dates don’t reflect any problems or delays in initial production, which will still commence by the end of 2017.

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