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Tesla Model 3 SN1: First Production Unit Handed Over to Elon Musk


Just a few days ago, Tesla completed the first production build of the Model 3. The car has been ordered by over 400,000 EV enthusiasts all over the world when it was unveiled in 2016 and will set a milestone for the mass adoption of electric vehicles, at the price of only $35,000.

Elon Musk was the first to own a Model 3 legally, not because he owns the actual factory and is the CEO of everything in it, but because the first rightful owner willingfully ceased his spot.

But Elon was not always the first owner of the “SN1” vehicle. Steve Jurvetson, one of the earliest investors in Tesla, had the privilege of getting the first Model S, for example. Musk owned the first Roadster and Model X besides this Model 3.

The first thirty Model 3s will be handed to their masters in a “handover party” on July 28.

The Tesla Model 3 will only be produced as a rear-drive version for the moment. The company will add a performance dual-motor system in 2018. Now, the future Model 3 users can only choose between 18″/19″ wheels and color. “It’s kinda gonna be like what color do you want, and what size do you want? That’s basically gonna be the configurator,” said Elon.

At the price of just $35,000, the Tesla Model 3 will be a very affordable car in many markets. In Romania, for example the state offers a huge €10,000 incentive for any electric car purchased. This is the perfect place for Tesla to open an office, since the purchase price can only be discounted if the manufacturer has a local presence in the country. For the moment, only BMW and Renault can profit from this law.

Here’s a Wikipedia page containing a list of other countries that offer electric vehicle incentives all over the world.

photo (c) Elon Musk via Twitter

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