The Tesla Model 3 might not arrive as soon as the American automaker is saying.
Expected to enter production in 2017, an official slide presentation released at the 2015 EIA Conference revealed that the Model 3 is “planned for 2018,” although the American automaker has refuted the report.
The company’s Communication Chief, Ricardo Reyes, tweeted “Contrary to to speculative blogger reports, we still plan to show Model 3 in 2016 and begin production in 2017.” Another representative confirmed to InsideEVs that the slide is meant to reference “full production” of Model 3 in 2018.
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That likely means that the Model 3 will start production towards the end of 2017, but won’t ramp up to full production levels until the following year. One thing’s for sure, if Tesla ends up delaying the Model 3, that’ll give competitors a jump on the competition.
The all-electric Chevrolet Bolt has already been spied testing and is expected to arrive as a 2017 model after debuting in concept form earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show. Nissan is also expected to be working on its next-generation Leaf model that will aim to compete with the Model 3’s 250-mile range.
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