Tesla Motors is taking its first pre-orders for its new Model 3 -- envisioned as an affordable electric car for the masses -- from customers who show up today at Tesla retail stores.
Online pre-orders will start at 8:30 p.m. Pacific time, timed to coincide with Chief Executive Elon Musk’s personal unveiling of the Model 3 at an event in Hawthorne.
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Lining up in advance(European Pressphoto Agency)
Since the first preorders are being accepted only in person, the most eager buyers started waiting in line long before Tesla stores opened for the day. Above, people lounge in folding chairs outside a store in San Diego on Wednesday.
In other time zones, preorders have already begun.lt 6:39 A.M.Charles Fleming
What we know about the Tesla Model 3
Few details have been revealed so far, but the car is essentially a scaled-down, half-priced version of Tesla’s $70,000 Model S. The vehicle represents Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s dream of bringing affordable, pollution-free transportation to a world he sees choking to death on its own fumes.
Tesla has said the car will travel up to 200 miles on a single, plug-in electric charge and will retail from as low as $35,000. Qualified buyers could receive up to $10,000 in federal and state sales incentives, rebates or tax breaks.lt Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times