Update: It's here — First Production Tesla Model 3 Rolls Out.
To tweet, or not to tweet — that is the question. Tesla Model 3 serial number one (SN1) may or may not have rolled off the production line as planned this week.
Last weekend Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted, "Model 3 passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule. Expecting to complete SN1 on Friday."
Musk also tweeted about the upcoming Model 3 handover party for 30 lucky owners on July 28. He also revealed production numbers for the rest of the year — "20,000 Model 3 cars per month" by December.
This week Tesla's stock took a slide, the company announced it is building the world's largest lithium ion battery in Australia by December or it's free, and the Model S failed to get top scores on some safety tests .
The Wall Street Journal published "Tesla's Skid Is Coming at the Worst Time" and Musk responded with "Stop biting my finger dammit" on Twitter and a "Charlie bit my finger — again" video from YouTube.
There was another battery news retweet and then silence — no OpenAI, Neuralink updates, or even another Boring news post.
No matter. We know there is a photo on Instagram lurking out there that will reveal Tesla Model 3 SN1 it all its glory.
On the eve of #tesla #model3 sn1, Fremont factory looking busy with body line 3 coming soon
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The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 with a 215-mile range per charge could be a real game changer if it lives up to all the hype. Up to half a million cars are planned for 2018 and to reach that goal Tesla will need a whole lot of batteries — and buyers.
The company's new Gigafactory is currently being built in Sparks, Nevada and is expected to open in 2020.
Over 370,000 buyers put down $1,000 deposits for a Model 3 and if you haven't already placed an order your chances of receiving one before the middle of next year are slim.
In the meanwhile, check out this video of two Tesla Model 3 cars caught testing in the wild. Fun.