Tesla Model 3 Prototype Filmed On The Road

Despite celebrating its world premiere on April 1, development of the Tesla Model 3 continues, as prototypes have started testing across the States.

Scooped in motion at Palo Alto, near the company’s headquarters, and accompanied by two Model S’s, the zero-emission hatch sports a matte black finish and ditches the smoky lighting units on both ends in favor of what seem to be production-ready ones.

Visual tweaks seem to have ended here, but its final design is expected to be completed by the end of this month. Even so, the Model 3 is many months away from reaching its customers, as deliveries are scheduled to commence late next year, if everything goes according to plan, that is, and no significant delays push it back, as they did with its two siblings, the Model S and Model X.

When it will hit the market, it will become one of the most affordable electric cars on sale, with a price tag of $35,000 in the United States, before any federal and state incentives. It’s capable of accelerating from rest to sixty (96 km/h) in 6 seconds and a single charge will allow it to travel for at least 215 miles (350 km).


  • Auf Wiedersehen

    I wish people would learn how to shoot video. Do you know how much easier it would be to get the subject in frame, in landscape?

    • Fling3t

      I wish I could upvote this an infinite amount of times!

    • Mark Rosenthal

      Makes me want to walk into their homes and rotate all of their televisions vertically…wait for them to complain because it’s wrong…and then wait for the lightbulb to go off.

      • Sasquatch

        VVS’ers have no lightbulb to even go off!

    • Jamisonjon

      Ha. I came here specifically to complain about the moron that can’t rotate their phone when recording a video, but it gives me some peace of mind that others beat me to it.

    • Jamisonjon

      Oh and that car is an uglier version of the 2004 Mazda 3, only without a useful hatchback option 😉

  • KidRed

    To dorky (short length and tall height) looking. It needs to be more Model S and less Model X.

  • LexusGXman

    I was disappointed when I first saw it. Watching the live event with years of anticipation only to be let down by this ugly little thing. Looks even worse on the road.

  • Enter Ranting

    The styling is so amateurish.

  • Six Thousand Times

    So, it’s a hatch but no part of the glass moves?

  • bsquarewi

    Noticed it also has the ModelS’ ‘hidden door handles.’ Seems like one of the first things that they could have cut to help them reach their target price. Are we looking at another feature creep issue like they did with the ModelX? Rhetorical question… of course we are, this is Tesla.

    • Sébastien

      This is still the same mate prototype from the reveal, it was confirmed final version wouldn’t have those modelS door handles

    • WeaponZero

      That is a prototype. The real one if you watched the unveiling has different curved door handles. The new door handles will also fold in, but I think will use air instead of motors.

      The door handles folding is not “feature creep”. They help reduce aerodynamic drag. So in terms of cost it is a matter of cost of handles vs cost of more batteries.

      And by the way, final design of Model 3 is going to be end of July. So at this point there is no such thing as “feature creep”. Because the design has not been finalized.

    • Though I suppose, since no other manufacturer has them in it’s class, it keeps it feeling futuristic and expensive whilst also supplying one more boast line of “look what else it can do” to your friends.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Looks good. Hate the nose.

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