Unplugged Performance, a company offering premium performance upgrades for Tesla vehicles, released a few images of the Model 3 taking a test drive in Hawthorne, California, last week. The company, which has an office right next to Tesla’s Design Studio, recently also released a short video showing the Model 3 in the wild.
The video shows the upcoming EV on the road but doesn’t really reveal anything new about it. It looks like it is the same pre-alpha prototype that was first seen in March 2016, as there really aren’t any changes visible on the car.
Tesla is apparently just testing out the vehicle, making sure everything is as it should be before it goes into production. Last month, the company stopped production at its factory in California for one week, so it was able to install new equipment it needs to start manufacturing the Model 3.
If everything goes according to plan, production will kick off in July, while volume production is scheduled to begin in September. First deliveries to customers who pre-ordered the vehicle will begin by the end of the year.
Tesla does have a lot of work ahead. It has to ramp up production substantially, as it has already received over 400,000 reservations for the popular Model 3, which starts at $35,000. To put things into perspective, the company “only” delivered 76,230 vehicles to customers last year.