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Ahead of the official launch in China, Tesla is debuting the Model 3 in the country at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show just as they could soon be authorized to produce the vehicle in the market. expand full story

Most production electric cars are either too big and heavy or not powerful enough to be competitive in an autocross event, but now a few new EVs like the Chevy Bolt EV and the Tesla Model 3 are starting to be interesting for autocross.

Now a Tesla Model 3 owner took his car to an autocross event – giving us an idea of the vehicle’s handling under tougher circumstances. expand full story

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April 23

Tesla managed to maintain a Model 3 production rate of about 2,000 units for 3 weeks before shutting down production last week to make some upgrades that they hope will result in increasing the rate.

Now, the automaker is registering 5,000 new Model 3 VINs after the production shutdown. expand full story

April 19

As we reported earlier this week, Tesla temporarily shut down production this week to update the line in order to enable a higher production capacity.

Despite the downtime, Tesla sent out another batch of Model 3 configuration invites this week. expand full story

April 18

Automakers are currently in a race to bring self-driving vehicles to market and data is expected to be a big part of what will eventually enable a fully self-driving system that is safer than humans.

While many companies developing the technology are limited to test fleets to collect data, Tesla has the advantage of having a large fleet of vehicles equipped with many sensors in the hands of customers traveling around the world every day.

Now, their fleet is getting much bigger with the Model 3 and Tesla started opening the floodgates of data gathering by adding the vehicle to its Autopilot data collection program. expand full story

April 17

In an email to employees today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained that the reason for the Model 3 production shutdown in Fremont and Gigafactory 1 is to prepare to increase production. Substantially. expand full story

Several Tesla workers in Fremont are reporting being sent home for a few days this week as the automaker is updating the Model 3 production line to improve automation. expand full story

April 13

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including a discussion around Tesla’s stock (TSLA) and financials, Elon Musk opens doors to the Fremont factory in a new interview about Model 3 production, and more.

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As we reported yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave a rare interview with CBS This Morning in which he is supposed to give the first look at the Model 3 production line.

CBS has been milking the piece over the last few days by releasing only excerpts, but they have now released the full interview. expand full story

April 12

Tesla is about to start Model 3 deliveries to customers in Canada and it is now officially added to the list of eligible vehicles for the EV incentives of some provinces, including Ontario’s generous CA$14,000 incentive. expand full story

As we reported yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave a rare interview with CBS This Morning in which he is supposed to give the first look at Model 3 production line.

Now, CBS is apparently really milking the interview after they posed a preview yesterday ahead of the planned full interview today, but they now have pushed it to tomorrow and shared another preview in which Musk comments about Model 3 delays and ‘production hell’. expand full story

April 11

Elon Musk is apparently all hands on deck with the Tesla Model 3 production right now in order to help push the ramp to 5,000 units per week. He is even sleeping at the factory to make it happen.

Now, he is giving the first glimpse inside the Tesla Model 3 production line. expand full story

Tesla Model 3 reservation holders don’t exactly understand how Tesla is handling the rollout of invitations to order the vehicle since some reservation holders are getting their invite before others who reserved ahead of them.

Now a new wave of Tesla Model 3 configuration invites went out as CEO Elon Musk says that Tesla is working on the issue. expand full story

April 10

We have recently been witnessing an increasing number of Tesla Model 3 vehicles going on the used market in the US and quickly being purchased by resellers in order to be exported to other markets where the vehicle is not available yet.

Now a car rental company in Germany even bought 3 Model 3 vehicles for their fleet – making the new electric vehicle available for rent for the first time in Europe. expand full story

April 8

Tesla officially planned to release the Model 3 with dual motor all-wheel-drive in “mid-2018” and we have recently seen several signs that the new version of the vehicle is coming.

Now CEO Elon Musk linked the release of the new Model 3 powertrain with the automaker achieving a production rate of 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week, which he now expects to hit in July. expand full story

April 6

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including a big week for Tesla Model 3 production, the fatal Autopilot crash is back into focus, and we finally discuss the Tesla solar roof and more.

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Just over a day after registering a record batch of Model 3 VINs, Tesla quickly registered early this morning another important batch of almost 3,000 Model 3 VINs – making it a record week and indicating a healthy production ramp. expand full story

April 5

We haven’t heard much about a Tesla Model 3 ‘Performance’ version over the last year as the automaker never references the option in its Model 3 configurator.

But now a Tesla Model 3 with dual motor and air suspension, which could match the configuration of a ‘Performance’ version, was spotted on the race track. expand full story

A week after reaching a production rate of 2,000 Model 3 vehicles per week, Tesla has now registered a record 4,793 new Model 3 VINs with NHTSA – indicating that the ramp could very well be sustainable. expand full story

April 4

Tesla is still only delivering the Model 3 in the US and it is soon expanding to Canada even though the demand is extremely strong around the world with a backlog of close to 500,000 reservations.

But EV enthusiasts around the world are working to import the vehicle in new markets regardless of the limited availability and now we hear of the first Model 3 vehicles in the Middle East and Asia. expand full story

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