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Elon Musk Reveals That There Were 325,000 Model 3 Reservations In First Week; Tesla Rep Clarifies Model 3 Supercharger Situation; & Other Details

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There were more than 325,000 Model 3 reservations made ($1,000 a pop) in the first week that reservations were open, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. That equates to roughly $14 billion in future orders. Interestingly, less than 5% of reservation-makers put down two deposits — implying a relatively low level of speculation.

In addition to that news, the Tesla CEO also revealed that the Supercharger will be expanded so that there’s a route leading all the way along the west coast of the US and Canada, well into Alaska. Good news for those looking for a scenic route to try long-distance Autopilot travel out on…

Also, as reported previously, the company is taking the criticisms of the somewhat limited trunk opening seriously and intends to address the issue.

On a related note, a Tesla rep also recently responded to an inquiry from a Reddit user about Supercharger access with the Model 3. Here are the exact words used: “All Model 3 will have the capability for Supercharging. We haven’t specified (and aren’t right now) whether supercharging will be free.”

And one final note, as far as Model 3 delivery, Musk recently commented on that (via Teslarati):

Elon has tweeted that the first Model 3 cars will be delivered to those who live closest to the factory. “Reason initial cars are delivered close to factory is to have rapid turnaround on early issues.” In other words, the first cars will serve as beta testers. Any post production quality issues can be addressed as soon as possible and changes made as required to the production process before full production begins. This may be one time when you don’t want to have the first car off the line.

A sensible approach, in my opinion. Though perhaps frustrating for those living further away.

Photo by Kyle Field | CleanTechnica

 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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