Well finally the day has arrived when Australians can purchase a Tesla Model 3. The long awaited mid-sized fully electric vehicle has seen thousands of us put down $1500 deposits. Our very own Trevor Long has been on the waiting list since the 1stof April, 2016.
Reservation owners have received a text message notifying them that finally they can begin the configuration of their Model 3.
It has been an arduous effort for people like Trev, especially when we travel to CES each year and see them everywhere in the US. Last August we had the chance to view the first Tesla Model 3 in Sydney, albeit a left-hand drive model.
Logging in as a reservation holder on the Tesla Australia website now reveals a vehicle configurator. Orders will begin as of today and those very patient reservation holders will of course go straight to the head of the cue.
The level of anticipation surrounding this car has largely been due to expected pricing and range.
When it comes to pricing Australian Tesla Model 3’s kick off at $66,000 plus on-roads and goes as high as $88,000 plus all the options which could take you into the $108,000 mark with performance options and Autopilot.
The base range is 460km with the performance model topping out at 560km range with a 0-100km time of 3.4sec
We look forward to our first drive, but the question remains. Will Trevor put his money where his mouth is.
Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.
He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.
Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.
Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.