Tesla Model 3: 8 Things to Know Now Josh Smith07/07/2016 This is what you need to know about the Tesla Model 3 if you are looking to buy the new, more affordable Teslas. People lined up to pre-order the Tesla Model 3, and pre-orders are still rolling in for a car that won’t come to market for a long time. We will walk you through the Tesla Model 3 specs, price, speed, range and other important details that you need to know. We’ll also touch on the Tesla Model 3 release date, at least what we know about it.Advertisement In July we add new Tesla Model 3 photos showing off a closer look at the car that will likely make it to your driveway, or at least a street near you. After several years of selling more expensive Tesla cars, the much desired brand announced the new Tesla Model 3 at the end of March. The most important Tesla Model 3 details we know.Advertisement Model 3 pre-orders started before the car went on sale with many buyers putting $1,000 down on the car without a test drive.Advertisement This is what you need to know about the Model 3 now that Tesla officially announced the new electric car. Tesla Model 3 Price The Tesla Model 3 price is $35,000 before incentives. You can reserve the Tesla Model 3 for $1,000 down. Incentives can dramatically lower that price. Although the base price is affordable, you can upgrade the car with convenience features like Autopilot. The Autopilot feature will likely cost $3,000. @redletterdave Hardware in all cars. Autopilot safety features standard. Convenience features optional (like S and X).Advertisement — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 1, 2016 There is still a federal income tax credit of $7,500 that will help bring down the overall price you pay in the end. There are also additional Model 3 incentives that could come into play with $6,000 in Colorado and $2,500 in California to name a few. Use this map to see if there are any additional incentives available in your state. Below is a chart from Tesla with the amount you need to put down for a Model 3 reservation in local currency. Currency Amount USD $ 1,000 CAD $ 1,000 MXN $ 20,000 EUR € 1.000 DKK kr. 10.000 GBP £ 1,000 NOK kr. 10.000 CHF CHF 1’000 SEK 10.000 kr AUD $ 1,500 RMB ¥ 8,000 HKD $ 10,000 JPY ¥ 150,000 Keep in mind that the incentives could change by the time the Model 3 release arrives in 2017.Advertisement Tesla Model 3 Design The Tesla Model 3 design is striking, but not final. The Tesla Model 3 design features an eye-catching front with no grille, beautiful swirling wheels and a glass top that starts at the hood and goes all the way to the back of the car. The glass doesn’t lift at all in the back, but you have a trunk in the back and in the front.Advertisement There are four doors, and room for five passengers inside the Model 3. The demo units featured a two-tone interior finish. Perhaps the most striking interior feature is a massive screen in the middle of the dashboard. This is where your speedometer is, where you control navigation, music and more. Another shot of that crazy #TeslaModel3 dashboard https://t.co/MPYOwn3z5s pic.twitter.com/2wP5woBmcj — Chris Davies (@c_davies) April 1, 2016 The rest of the dash is devoid of gauges and controls, which may take some getting used to. Before you fall in love with this car too much, it is important to note that this could change by the time the Tesla Model 3 production starts. Elon Musk said that we will see a refined Model 3 closer to the release. Tesla Model 3 Specs Here is a look at the most interesting Tesla Model 3 specs that we know so far, including the zero to 60 speed, range, charging time and more. Tesla Model 3 SpecsDetails Tesla Model 3 Range215 Miles Per Charge Tesla Model 3 Charging Stats80% Charge in 30 Minutes with Supercharger Tesla Model 3 Zero to 60under 6 seconds Tesla Model 3 Safety5 Star safety rating in all categories Tesla Model 3 AutopilotUpgrade available, tech in all cars Tesla Model 3 Passengers5 Adults Tesla Model 3 ChargingSupercharging for Long distance travel Expect to learn more about the Tesla Model 3 specs as production nears and we could see a change to the speed and options based on upgrades that are available. Tesla Model 3 Range The Tesla Model 3 range is 215 miles on a charge. This is slightly higher than what Elon Musk shared as a realistic goal. If you plan to travel farther you can rely on Superchargers to get 80% battery charge in 30 minutes. Tesla Model 3 Photos & Videos Watch one of the first Tesla Model 3 drives in the video above. There were limited opportunities to drive the Model 3 at the unveiling. You cannot go to a Tesla Store and book a Model 3 test drive yet. There are several other Tesla Model 3 photos below that help you get an idea of what the car looks like. We are now seeing more Tesla Model 3 photos appear online from people who are at the Tesla factory. Elektrek shares photos including the one below from jamobair on Instagram. #tesla #madeinamerica #model3 #prototype #damnthatcarlooksgood A photo posted by Jamison Bair (@jamobair) on Jun 29, 2016 at 5:04pm PDT Tesla Model 3 Order Details Tesla Model 3 pre-orders start in stores first. Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com There are only two ways to get your Model 3 pre-order. You’ll need to go in store if you want to be at the absolute front of the line, while you will be able to go online if you are not close to a Tesla store. You can place a Tesla Model 3 order online now, or at a local Tesla Store. These are open in many countries now. It is possible to place an order for two Tesla Model 3 cars, but no more at this time. You must put down $1,000 for the pre-order, but it is refundable. You cannot put any more down on the car at this time. Tesla Model 3 Release Date The Tesla Model 3 release date is not known, but we recently learned more about the rollout of deliveries. “Model 3 production is scheduled to begin in late 2017. When production begins, we will begin deliveries in North America starting on the West Coast, moving east. As we continue to ramp production, we will begin deliveries in Europe, APAC and right-hand drive markets.” It’s not clear when the first deliveries will start, but the order you get your delivery in will have an impact. @Oatmeal sure! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 1, 2016 We know at least one user can expect an early Tesla Model 3 release date, confirmed by Elon Musk himself. Tesla Model 3 Test Drive There is no way to schedule a Tesla Model 3 test drive at this time. With so much interest in pre-orders the company does not need to offer any kind of early access to the car yet. It is likely that the first Tesla Model 3 test drives will start in 2017. If you are curious about the car you can schedule a Tesla test drive on one of the current cars to get a look at the technology and to experience the Autopilot technology that will also be in the Model 3.