Tesla Model 3 Performance Version Due Next Year

Posted August 02, 2017

Kelty has served as Tesla's battery tech director since 2006, before Elon Musk became CEO of the company, according to Kelty's LinkedIn page. It expects to build 100 cars in August, before growing output to 1500 cars in September.

Tesla's share price has surged 54 per cent since January in anticipation of the Model 3 launch, and Tesla's pricey valuation now exceeds that of traditional rivals like General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co.

Musk opened up on Twitter after responding to a follower discussing his Instagram account, pointing out how the photos portray the Tesla and SpaceX founder's "amazing life". "It was never our goal to just make expensive cars".

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Finally, Musk said that taking on so many stress-inducing responsibilities is his own fault. However, Tesla is working on full autonomy and once it finally cracks the code, the auto maker will be able to send an over-the-air update that will make the vehicle fully autonomous.

"If you buy a ticket to hell, it isn't fair to blame hell.", he said while adding that one to really care about what one's doing.

Tesla also says it aims to deliver a total of 47,000 to 50,000 Model Ss and Model Xs in the first half of this year, but it hasn't given a figure for Model 3 target sales. A study released in May by the labor advocacy group Worksafe claimed that the automaker has experienced workplace injuries at a 31 percent higher rate than that of the USA auto industry overall.

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The compact Model 3 may not entice a global market that's increasingly shifting to SUVs, including all-electric SUVs from Audi and others going on sale soon. It has one dashboard screen, not two, and no fancy door handles. Influential Consumer Reports magazine has repeatedly highlighted issues with the Model S and it still does not recommend the Model X because of issues such as body panel gaps, faulty "falcon wing" doors and electrical problems.

Tesla appears to inspire the kind of enthusiasm Apple's iPhone generated among its fans and customers, Sacconaghi said.

Tesla will also be using the Model 3 as an opportunity to scale up its manufacturing.

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"I believe in the vision Tesla has", said Santucci, who works in digital advertising. "Now all of a sudden, EVs are real, practical vehicles that can be used for anything", he said.