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Elon Musk: I Might Be Bipolar

Elon Musk: I Might Be Bipolar

Deliveries of the brand-new Tesla Model 3 begun last Friday during an official unveiling in the USA.

Panasonic wants to make electric auto batteries and other automotive products a bigger part of its business. The Model 3 is more than 400kg lighter than the Model S, so it could become the brand's quickest vehicle.

Even if everything were to go right, Musk previously had indicated all those now holding reservations likely wouldn't take delivery of a Model 3 for at least 18 months.

Tesla starts production of the Model 3 in later this week. When it comes to conquests from other automakers, the study shows that Tesla owners are most likely to be current or former BMW owners.

Potential customers also could lose faith if Tesla doesn't meet its aggressive production schedule, or if the cars have quality problems that strain Tesla's small service network.

Outside Tesla's Fremont, California factory, Musk showed off the $35,000 base vehicle with a range of 220 miles on a charge that marks a departure from the company's earlier luxury electric cars. A group of Tesla workers on Monday asked the company's board to provide a plan that will, among other things, address worker safety during an aggressive ramp-up aiming to boost production nearly five-fold from 2017 to 2018. 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. What Tesla is looking to do is offer a seamless experience of driving an electric auto. 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.

The Model 3 was created to be much simpler and cheaper to make than Tesla's previous vehicles. It has one dashboard screen, not two.

But a day later Musk opened up on Twitter to reveal that this was more than just a throwaway soundbite to show how hard Tesla is working to deliver its cut-price electric vehicle. Some might even make it into Bangladesh, considering the latest proposed budget is extremely friendly towards the import of electric vehicles. "Now all of a sudden, EVs are real, practical vehicles that can be used for anything", he said.


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