Tesla’s handover launch party tonight will be the first time that the public has seen the completed Model 3 (aside from some sightings of cars as they were being tested on the road.) This isn’t just an opportunity for the first 30 customers — mostly staff — to receive their new cars. This is also the first time to see the fully finished product.
The Model 3 event, sometimes called the Part 3 Reveal, begins on lives stream at 8:45 p.m. Pacific. That’s 10:45 p.m. Central and 11:45 p.m. Eastern. The event itself starts at 9 p.m. Pacific. (If you’re in Britain, you’ll be staying up really late until 4:45 a.m.)
Customers and fans aren’t the only ones excited about the event. Last night, Elon Musk shared a video on Instagram and wrote: “Setting up for Model 3 handover tomorrow night.” The video looked like the event is going to be phenomenal:
If you’re in the area, Electrek.Co is giving away a ticket for tonight:
Tesla plans to ramp up its production of Model 3s after today. They’ll start out with an output of about 100 cars in August, 1,500 in September, and increasing to 20,000 by December.
This is the company’s most affordable car yet. It’s an electric car with self-driving hardware, a range of at least 215 miles, 0-60 mph in less than six seconds, and a starting price of $35,000. More longer-range batteries will likely also be available, for an extra cost.
But will a “performance” version of the Model 3 also be announced? In the first unveiling, he said that there would be versions of the Model 3 that could go “must faster.” Some are hoping that a new trim will be announced tonight, too.
We do know, however, that the initial configurator for the Model 3, which is expected to go online soon after the reveal tonight, will be kept very simple, unlike what was done with the Model X. Customers will likely only be able to choose color and the size of the wheels.