First Tesla Model 3 deliveries take place

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The first Tesla Model 3 cars have been officially handed over by Elon Musk to employee buyers.

However, despite it being sold as the 'every man's Tesla' at a cost of $35,000 – around £26,668 - this is before any options have been ticked. Any colour other than black will also see you forking out a minimum of $1,000 extra.


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has claimed the company already has half a million orders placed for the car and buyers shouldn't expect their cars to be delivered before the end of 2018.

At the handover event for the first 30 Model 3s, Musk said: "The whole point of Tesla was to build a great affordable electric car.

"That's what this day means. I'm confident it'll be the best car in its class, gasoline or not, hands down."

Those who have already put their name down on a waiting list have also paid a $1,000 deposit, which is fully refundable.

A longer-range car is available that provides a 310-mile range with a single charge. This model will be pricier, however, costing from around $44,000.

The Model 3 is revolutionary not just in its powertrain but inside too. It features a dashboard with no buttons, but a 15-inch touchscreen instead that allows the driver and other occupants to control the settings of the vehicle.

It also features seats that are vegan friendly, being changed from the original leather design.

According to the Daily Mail, if Tesla was to build more than 500,000 cars a year this would mean it would outsell Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.