People experience significant life changes every day. For example, statistics show that nearly 5700 and may be getting married and nearly 11,000 you may be welcoming a new baby into the world. You may find yourself in the 14,500 buying a new home or in the nearly 43,000 getting a new car. Speaking of those 43,000, only 30 of you will be getting this car, the first Tesla Model 3.
The First Ones Are Finally Here
If you were one of the 130,000 people who thumbed your nose at the calendar on April 1 last year, today might be your day. You decided it would be foolish not to drop a thousand bucks worth of down payment for the promise of owning one of Elon Musk and company’s new marvel for the masses, the Tesla Model 3. The first of these rolled off the assembly line 2 weeks ago, and 30 of them are being delivered today. Tesla says that production will increase exponentially moving forward projecting a hundred completions in August. That number will grow to over 1500 by September, and it may be possible that we see 20,000 more Model 3’s hit the road every month from December onward.
An Overnight Sensation Over a Decade in the Making
Back in 2006 when Musk didn’t have much going on (besides trying to figure out how to get to Mars), he outlined his “secret plan” for producing an affordable electric car for the masses. The first step of his vision was to build an all out, high-end luxury sports car. Proceeds from this step would then be combined with the knowledge gained from the process to build a mid-level luxury car that he could sell even more units of and that money would allow him to develop a vehicle that could be sold at a price point competitive with the average new car.
Will There Be Proof in this Pudding?
The better part of two years is a long time to wait for the car to put a down payment on to show up in your driveway. Will be 130,000 April “un-fools” be disappointed? From the looks of things, probably not. The patient Teslaheads will soon be the envy of their fellow motorists once they find themselves behind the wheel of a car with features such as:
- Rear or all-wheel drive
- Unique, advanced safety features
- A 15-inch touchscreen for navigation, entertainment and other tasks
- Autopilot hardware
- A full glass canopy
The car is designed to carry five adults comfortably with an emphasis, promises Musk, on “comfortably.” The car also boasts more cargo space than any other auto with the same external dimensions.
While he may never get us to Mars (though if anyone can…) Elon Musk and the Tesla Corporation are on the leading edge of making ownership of next-generation electric cars attainable for the average American. It will certainly be interesting to watch the full impact of Musk’s 11-year-old brainchild in the months to come.