The Tesla Model 3, the first “green car” that will make a substantial impact on the automotive industry’s interest in a cleaner environment, will be available to reserve live at 7:30 p.m. PT on March 31. The live streaming of the unveiling will begin at 8:30 p.m.
The reservation process and debut of the vehicle, anticipated for months, will be available HERE.
Tesla suggests trying to log-in at least 15 before the debut time.
A reservation can be made online for $1,000. It can be refunded in the event of cancellation — or applied instead to the purchase of a Model S or Model X instead.
With its announcement, Tesla said it will give existing customers priority, but different geographic regions will be awarded different allotments of the new Tesla.
The Model 3 is predicted to achieve about 200 miles per charge.
Tesla will accept reservations throughout the rest of 2016, but Model 3 production won’t start until late 2017. Deliveries will begin in North America on the West Coast, and then move eastward.
According to Tesla, the price of the Model 3 will begin at $35,000.
In the U.S., an early Model 3 delivery could mean the difference between getting a $7,500 Federal tax credit, and missing out. The first 200,000 new Tesla Model 3s sold will qualify a $7,500 federal tax credit. Tesla has already sold an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 cars as of December 2015.
The new Tesla will be a standard 4-door sedan but slightly smaller than the Model S, and there’s been plenty of “insider” discussion of a future SUV body style.