Automotive shoppers might be waiting just a little longer to park a Tesla Model 3 in their garage. Or they might not. According to Inside EVs, during a recent presentation Tesla Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel showed a slide that clearly stated the more affordable vehicle was "planned for 2018," slightly later than the original expectation of late 2017. However, the discrepancy could have been a matter of semantics, rather than any actual delay.

Tesla spokespeople have been very quick to tamp down any speculation about the potential postponement. Ricardo Reyes, the automaker's communications boss, tweeted the following pointed message about the situation:
In a statement to Autoblog, a Tesla spokesperson reiterated Reyes' timeline and clarified that Straubel's slide was "a high-level look into when Model 3 will be in full production." There's no delay, and "Model 3 remains on schedule."

It seems that the only lingering question is how quickly actual Model 3 deliveries could commence following the beginning of assembly. If the vehicle lives up to the many promises, then this could be a breakthrough in the EV market. The estimated range of 200 miles is plenty for many trips, and a price of $35,000 makes the model fairly affordable. Both sedan and crossover body styles are even being planned. Tesla isn't the only one in this looming fight, though. The Chevrolet Bolt is aiming for the very same market around the same time.
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Tesla Statement

Model 3 remains on schedule. As we've stated, we plan to show Model 3 in 2016 and begin production in 2017. JB's slide is a high-level look into when Model 3 will be in full production. Unfortunately, insideevs did not contact us for clarification.


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