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Tesla’s ‘affordable’ Model 3 revealed

The futuristic looking car you are looking at is not a concept. This is the much-anticipated Model 3 electric car for the masses.

Tesla boss Elon Musk unveiled the entry-level Tesla in Los Angeles. Priced at $35,000 (about £24,500), it will be able compete with other mainstream EVs including the Nissan LEAF and BMW i3.

Tesla Model 3

First deliveries of the Model 3 are due to begin in late 2017, though before the car had been unveiled, Tesla received 115,000 pre-orders. Current Model S and X owners will get priority and it will be available in the States first.

The car will have a range of 215 miles per charge and a 0-60mph time of less than six seconds.

Tesla claims the car will be able to seat five people in comfort and is hoping to make 500,000 vehicles a year.

The Model 3’s roof area is one continuous pane of glass and, unlike the best-selling Model S and Model X SUV, there’s no grille or radiator. Inside, it features Tesla’s trademark massive centre console screen.

Industry observers say the Model 3 is a make or break car for the Californian company which currently makes 50,000 cars a year.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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