Tesla Model S, 3, X And Gigafactory All Captured In One Video Report

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 29

Tesla's Full Vehicle Lineup On Display Outside Gigafactory

Tesla’s Full Vehicle Lineup On Display Outside Gigafactory Via Motor Trend

Motor Trend just released a video from its exclusive photo shoot of the Tesla Model 3, Model X and facelifted Model S at and around the Tesla Gigafactory.

This video provides us with a lots of new looks at the Model 3 and even shows us that a child seat fits in the back with ease. Unfortunately, Motor Trend didn’t get any new details on the 3, or if it did, the magazine choose not to make any mentions of those details in this video.

Regardless, it’s a high-quality video with lots of shots of the 3, the facelifted Model S, the X, outside images of the Gigafactory and even some looks inside.

Video description:

“Go behind-the-scenes with Motor Trend at the world’s first photo shoot of the full line of Tesla vehicles. We have Tesla’s entire range of S3Xy electric vehicles, from the refreshed Model S, to the all-new $35,000 Model 3, to the first-ever Model X SUV – all at Tesla’s ginormous Gigafactory battery production center in Sparks, Nevada.”

It’s impressive seeing what it takes to set up a professional photo shoot such as the one featured here from Motor Trend.

Also, check out Motor Trend’s written report on all the Tesla EVs from the scene here.

Old Model S Next To New Model S

Old Model S Next To New Model S Via Motor Trend

Tesla Model 3 Via Motor Trend

Tesla Model 3 Via Motor Trend

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29 responses to "Tesla Model S, 3, X And Gigafactory All Captured In One Video Report"

  1. ffbj says:

    Pretty Cool!

  2. Mike says:

    It would have been a better plug for “Elon Inc.” if they put a Powerwall in the trunk of the X, had the solar panels installed on the roof, and landed a Falcon booster in the parking lot.

    1. Someone out there says:

      … right next to the Hyperloop station.

  3. Anon says:

    A front plate / bracket, totally destroys the look of these cars. Glad there aren’t any on these.

    1. Mathias says:

      Are front plates required in some states?

      1. Paul Stoller says:

        In most states I believe it is a requirement.

        1. Speculawyer says:

          Required in California but not strongly enforced.

          Heck, having a back plate doesn’t seem strongly enforced!

          1. Anon says:

            True. I’ve seen temp tags from dealers on cars for many months after the sale, in California. But that’s really speaking more about the DMV.

        2. Koenigsegg says:

          Just because its “required” doesnt mean you have to put it on.

          Its not difficult for an authority to walk to the back of your car to see your plate.

          Front plates suck

  4. Kootenay EV Family says:

    I’m listening to Vance’s book on Elin right now, and in the latter portion of the book where he is describing Model S development, he mentions an early design for the flush door handles where they pivoted out for access – then I watch this video and see apparently the same mechanism on the 3 doors! Makes sense to keep the handle simple on the 3 to control costs. Musk vetoed the idea for the S though – he wanted the handles to present themselves. Cool tidbit I thought I’d point out.

    1. Anon says:

      Interesting to know that an older idea came back.

      Unfortunately, the pivots or the door handles seem reversed for the hand you’d likely want to use to open them, for each side of the car. They’re kinda backwards, the way they work…

    2. Nate says:

      Seems the same as the patented kindig-it design door handles.

      I hope there is no infringement concerns for either company

    3. Murrysville EV says:

      I’m very concerned that freezing rain will jam that flush door handle inside the door.

      Even with snow, I don’t want to have to push a delicate handle into a door so the other end can (hopefully) pop out.

      I had these concerns on the Model S, but Tesla produced a video showing how the powered handles break ice away rather effectively. Without the power feature, I’m leery of this design.

      But I won’t cancel my reservation over it.

  5. Dan says:

    What is the gray bar at the far rear end of the parcel shelf where the panoramic glass meets the trunk? You can see it at the top of the screen at 2:07.

    AS you can tell, I’m looking for hints that the trunk can open into the cabin area without a hardwired shelf.

    1. Anon says:

      That hard shelf behind the rear seats, is part of the bracing system to keep the frame from shifting and cracking that ‘all glass’ roof…

  6. Seth says:

    That glass roof in the rear is going to be awesome for the kids in child seats, they can actually look outside for once.

    1. Anon says:

      Dog can’t leap into the car using the rear hatch, since that hard shelf is in the way, and the opening is probably going to still be too short. *sighs* 🙁

  7. MTN Ranger says:

    The Motortrend photos are great

    1. Anon says:

      They are. The video is pretty sweet, too. Glad they were allowed to do it.

  8. Four Electrics says:

    They only have one working Model 3 prototype and they never open the trunk

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      Motortrend wasn’t allowed to open the trunk or go inside the Model 3.

    2. Ziv says:

      Nah, they opened the trunk for videographers at the III prototype unveiling. It isn’t that big, but it was open. Check youtube, there are several videos out there.

      1. Dan says:

        They have indicated in tweets that the trunk opening is to be reworked and made larger. If you watch the raw video posted here a week or two ago, Motortrend mention that they were asked not to show the insides or the trunk.

        1. Anon says:

          The problem with making it larger, is you can’t really remove that rear shelf / bracing for a one piece all glass roof. If you raise or slant that shelf to make more room for a bigger opening, you risk having to raise that lower edge for the rear window, which will reduce how far down you can see out from the driver’s seat. That would suck. It also changes the look of the vehicle from the outside. That might also suck, too. I like the looks of the back as it is.

          Move the trunk opening lower, and your trunk door eats into where the rear bumper is. Not ideal. And might suck from a safety and aesthetics POV.

          If you make the all glass roof into a HUGE single pivoting hatch, the attachment points are so high up on the roof– you need to have an amazingly heavy duty set of lift supports to raise and hold a door that’s about half the cabin length of the car. And it would have to be quite high, to get that back lip up out of the way (and to compensate for that curved roof), so the access is usable.

          Would you need to use a pull cord to get it down? That might suck. A motor to hold up to those stresses, would add significantly to the cost of the vehicle. And that would suck in the wallet.

          Quite the engineering and practicality problem to solve. So, I don’t expect significantly radical changes to the opening in the short amount of time Tesla has given itself to deal with the issue.

          My prediction is: Maybe a few tweaks to the corners of the openings, like squaring them up, use thinner weather gaskets to make the profile of the opening appear larger, etc., but nothing other than a few inches at the top or bottom edges.

  9. Anon says:

    Still don’t like the redesigned Model S. It’s like remastering the original trilogy. The faux grille has charm.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Faux Model S grill lovers unite! 🙂

      1. Anon says:

        Actually, I LOVE the new, cleaner and more honest looking front end of the Model S. Just don’t put a license plat bracket on the front of any of these cars. Ruins the aesthetics.

        I dunno who that other “Anon” is… 😛