Update, April 14: Here are a couple more pictures of the Tesla Model 3 prototypes that’s been spied on California’s roads this week:
Remember that the final production models could be slightly different, even though we know that these prototypes are likely close to “release candidate” status.
Original post, April 10: The Model 3 is one of the most highly anticipated electric cars of the year. It is the company’s most affordable EV to date, as it starts at $35,000. Tesla said that it will go into production in July, with the first deliveries expected to kick off later this year.
For now, it looks like the company is on track to deliver on its promise. About two weeks ago, a video of a Model 3 release candidate taking its first drive was released. A few days ago, another video, as well as a bunch of images of a Model 3 release candidate, have made their way online.
Today, we have one more video (below) along with a picture (above) to share with you. Someone spotted the upcoming EV driving on the highway, close to Tesla’s headquarters. The video and image don’t reveal anything new, aside from the different color. The Model 3 release candidates previously seen were black, whereas the new video and image show off the vehicle in the blue color option.
Tesla is testing the car to make sure everything is as it should be before it starts mass-producing it. The company hasn’t shared any details regarding its test program with the public so far, but it did mention that things are going according to plan.
This is great news and means that Tesla shouldn’t experience any production or delivery delays. It does have a lot of work ahead, as it has to fill 400,000 pre-orders for the popular Model 3, which will go head to head with the Chevy Bolt and a few other EVs.