Tesla’s latest electric car, the Model 3, has had a worldwide launch amidst much excitement – it has received $3.5 billion worth of pre-orders for a car that no one’s seen and will only start to roll out in 2018. But what makes this car unique it is it was open for reservations at a handful of countries outside the US, and that included India.
Adding several more countries to Model 3 order page tonight. Check for details, but will include India, Brazil, SA, SK, NZ, Sing & Ireland.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 31, 2016
Bookings for the car can be made for $1000 on the Tesla website.
Tesla’s Model 3 is the company’s attempt to make an electric car affordable for the common buyer. While its price tag of $35,000 (Rs. 23 lakh) isn’t exactly affordable, especially in India, the car is still much cheaper than other electric cars available in the market.
Tesla Model 3: This is it! https://t.co/tPfhTNynBT pic.twitter.com/D10HkHza3Z
— Jalopnik (@Jalopnik) April 1, 2016
The car will be able to run around 320 kilometers on a single charge. But just because it runs on electricity doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with bells and whistles – the car shall have Tesla’s semi-self-driving feature, a large touchscreen, and something called “ludicrous acceleration” mode.
And Indians seem to be lapping it up. Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma has already registered his, as others are scrambling to get theirs too.
Lets see how long does it take for #TeslaModel3 to reach India. Reservation done for now. pic.twitter.com/e86Ng8IUlD
— Vijay Shekhar (@vijayshekhar) April 1, 2016