Tesla sends out delivery invites for the India-bound Model 3 - USA
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According to a report from electrek, Tesla has started sending out Tesla Model 3 delivery invites to Model S and Model X owners who won the seats to the event through the company's referral program.
The delivery event of Tesla Model 3 is scheduled at 7 p.m. PT (7:30 a.m. IST) on 28 July 2017 in Fremont, California. Tesla will likely live stream the event for those not having the chance to have a physical presence there.
Priced from just US$35,000 (INR 22,53,170.50) before incentives, the India-bound Tesla Model 3 is the company's most affordable car yet. Sitting in the class of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, the premium sedan measures 184.8 inches (4695.95 mm). Model 3 buyers will have options of single-motor RWD and dual-motor AWD configurations. Previous reports have speculated at various battery pack options for the Model 3. The latest one says that the two battery packs will have a capacity of around 60 kWh and around 75 kWh respectively. Its short wheelbase will not allow for a 100 kWh battery pack like the Model S and Model X.
Tesla has confirmed on its consumer website that the base Model 3 will offer a range of 215 miles (346.01 km) and a 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) acceleration time of under 6 seconds. An internally circulated Model 3 and Model S comparison chart claimed 215+ miles (346.01+ km) as the minimum range. The same document precisely mentioned 5.6 seconds for the 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) sprint. The ludicrous driving mode is confirmed for the youngest Tesla.
This year, Tesla will produce a maximum of 5,000 units per week of the Tesla Model 3 at the Fremont facility. At some point in 2018, this figure will double up to 10,000 units per week. As a part of the Model 3 launch preparations, the company plans to add nearly 100 retail, delivery and service locations globally. This 30% increment in facilities includes the opening of the first stores in Dubai and South Korea.
The Indian government strongly discourages import of cars by imposing hefty duties and taxes. If priced below US$40,000 (INR 25,75,052.00), a Tesla Model 3 imported as a CBU would attract customs duty of 60%. Adding other taxes above that, the end cost to the customer would go further up. Tesla is requesting the Indian government to provide temporary relief from import tariffs until a local production facility is built. Though Musk has tweeted positively on the Indian launch, concrete details on Tesla's Indian plans are not available yet.
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