Tesla Model 3 Delivery Party – Watch Livestream, Pre-Show Details Here


The day has finally arrived!  The first deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 are happening today in Fremont, California, as the company is set to transfer some keys tonight just before 9PM Pacific Time (12:00 AM ET).

Looks to be definitely ~ 30+ Model 3s in attendance tonight!

Watch (above):  Event is on loop re-broadcast

Update:  Full Tesla Model 3 specs/wrap story, including details on a range of up to 310 miles and pricing/other option details can be found here.

The event opens its doors to the would-be first Model 3 owners and VIP guests at 7 PM PT (10PM ET), of which InsideEVs is one, and the livestream starts here at around ~8:45 PM PT (11:45 PM PT) with CEO Elon Musk taking the stage.

Before the presentation kicks off, we will be live-reporting from the event on all the happenings from around 7PM (PT).

So keep checking back in for the latest scoop!

We also anticipate an opportunity to take the Model 3 for a quick spin after the delivery ceremony.

Of which, our reporters will have some early impressions and footage of that available shortly after the live show closes.

Tesla Model 3 Delivery Party!

On the stage!

Live Updates:

9:00 PM PT:  Our own Bria Loveday, announces the top 3 fan-made videos from stage…announcing Marques Brownlee’s entry as the winner!

Bria Loveday announces “Project Loveday” from the stage!

8:50 PM PT:  Live-stream is, um…live.  Hope you have enjoyed our pre-show coverage!

8:44 PM PT:  No, show has not started.  What you expected Tesla to kick off on time?  (will have live-stream up as soon as its available)

Almost. Almost. Wait for it…

8:12 PM PT: Another look at the cars…because that is why we are here right?

First 30 deliveries about to happen….only another 400,000 or so left


8:04 PM PT: No time like the present to get the stage ready to go!

Prep work ongoing!

7:59 PM PT: A little refreshment before the show?

…and the lady will have a water

7:50 PM PT:  Inside the event, lots of action still preparing, but definitely a “whack” of Model 3s just hanging out everywhere!

Appears to be a few Model 3 in the area!

7:49 PM PT:  Lots of action!

Seems like the number 3 is popular tonight!

7:27 PM PT: Bear with us, still doing the check-in dance.  You get in…then you have to “get in”, and on the shuttle, etc.

“Feel the excitement…of signage!”

7:05 PM PT:  Event is opening to guests.  And clearly there is 30+ (maybe 40) Model 3s in the area and a staging area for test drives later!

6:34 PM PT:  Elon Musk has taken to twitter to announce the Project Loveday, a competition proposed to the Tesla CEO by 10 year-old Bria Loveday (yes, that is daughter of InsideEVs’ own Steven Loveday), saying:

“Couldn’t believe how incredibly inspiring and creative they were!!”

Perhaps not surprisingly, Internet/YouTube star Marques Brownlee, got the most votes and finished first. Although Musk was quick to point out MKBHD’s 5 million odd followers didn’t get him an unfair win.

“Watched them personally to make sure & I agree with the outcome. Wouldn’t have judged differently. Amazing videos all, but was best.”

The three videos will be featured during the webcast.  Check out all 10 finalists at bottom of story.

Here is the winning submission:

2nd place:

3rd place:


Here are the top 10 finalists for your review:

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97 responses to "Tesla Model 3 Delivery Party – Watch Livestream, Pre-Show Details Here"
  1. Get Real says:

    Thanks Jay!

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Yupper, and about to get going.

      Can’t really post/update anything from the event itself until the official start at 7PM (PT), but we have definitely seen 30+ Model 3s (maybe 50-55) kicking around the facility. So its definitely going down tonight, (=

  2. WadeTyhon says:

    Can’t wait for more details! An exciting day to have the first Model 3s delivered after all these years.

  3. Vivek mahbubani says:

    How long have most people waited for the model 3

    1. Rich says:

      Since 2008 … not kidding.

      1. Josh Bryant says:

        2008 also for me. That is when I read the “Secret Master Plan” for the first time.

    2. WadeTyhon says:

      *Only* since 2013 or so for me 😉 Though I have had plenty of EVs in-between to keep me sane.

      The idea of a Tesla i could afford will ultimately have led me to buy *4* plug-ins! Volt, Bolt, Spark and (soon) Model 3!

  4. Josh Bryant says:

    I don’t see a feed link posted on Tesla.com yet. Anyone have a link?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Will be awhile for that (prob 8:40pm pt ish), we will have it hear (at top of story) too when it is available

  5. Rich says:

    Ikea monkey – Dust in the Wind won 2nd place in tesla fan video??
    Houston, we have a problem.

    1. Mister G says:

      what was that about?

      1. ffbj says:

        How many you tube followers you have?

        I found the winning entry to be predictable and boring, though it had a point and was well shot and scored, but I would not call it earth shaking by any means.

    2. AlphaEdge says:

      That’s not the 2nd place video. Sure is a funny replacement though!

  6. ffbj says:

    pre-show from 7 PM (10 AM ET)

    Well it was right the second time.

  7. Mister G says:


  8. unlucky says:

    For the record, NIST says not to call midnight 12AM or PM. Call it midnight or just specify a time other than 12 exactly.

  9. Kdawg says:

    What you didn’t know, is that badge is actually the key to start a Model 3! (in the voice of Oprah) “And you get a Tesla, and you get a Tesla….”

  10. AlphaEdge says:

    Meeting their delivery date goal is awesome!

  11. cab says:

    Sweet rocket launcher on the Model S…

  12. Mike I. says:

    Where are those doubled-up Superchargers? That’s not the public stalls at the front of the factory.

  13. Koz says:

    You can’t just post a picture of a large projector mounted in the back of a Tesla with what looks like the rear window slid forward over the roof and no comment. That’s in humane.

    1. Koz says:


  14. bro1999 says:

    Seriously, big wtf

  15. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Thunderbirds are Go!

  16. bro1999 says:

    Ok, Loveday video #3 has to be the most obnoxious video I’ve ever seen in my life.

  17. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    The first customer one is Red?

  18. Bacardi says:

    Guess there won’t be any partnerships with Volvo!

    1. WadeTyhon says:

      Probably not… but hey! No shame in being called the second safest car in the world by Elon I guess.

    2. Nix says:

      That crash test video footage definitely put the Volvo to shame.

      I think Elon was thrown off by the crowd cheering when he was talking about the Volvo, but he didn’t know that behind him on the screen everybody was cheering the Model 3 crash footage showing up the Volvo

  19. bro1999 says:

    As brilliant a man Elon may be, he’s a horrible public speaker. Steve Jobs he is not.

    1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      lol….. +2

    2. Will says:

      I was about to say the same. He needs to convey the message tthe masses of not then people won’t but his product

    3. AlphaEdge says:

      Well known for a long time, his stuttering. Oh well, it’s the message that makes him worth listening to.

      1. Will says:

        wasted 10 min on crap and spend 1 min on specs and pricing. worst reveal ever. you are suppose to hype and sell items that we don’t but want.

    4. DJ says:

      Ya. Maybe he should join a local Toast Masters club? Not everyone has to be a great public speaker but given that he likes to be on stage, or at least sees a need to do it, a little bit of practice could help.

      I am sure it isn’t easy but he seems to have no problem tackling difficult things.

      1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

        lol, he said Toast Masters……..LMAO

    5. Mark.ca says:

      So bad it’s almost comical…good thing his job doesn’t depend on it.

    6. unlucky says:

      I think he does a great job at getting messages across considering his mumbling and stuttering.

      And I’m not trying to be negative.

  20. bro1999 says:

    Whelp there it is. Base Model 3 well short of the Bolt’s range. 220 vs 238

    1. WadeTyhon says:

      310 is a great range on the long range model. Though I wonder what the starting price will be.

      1. DJ says:

        $44k starting. Seems like kind of a lot for what an extra 20kW? Maybe they include other options as well.

        Really surprised to see them letting the base Model 3 get beat on range by the Bolt, and in a more aerodynamic car to boot. Would have thought they would have found a way to throw in a little more battery but I guess not.

        1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

          You gotta wonder at this point if Tesla “Dumbed” down the range like they do the MS.


          1. unlucky says:

            There’s no reason to think that.

            Come one, try to be neutral. Don’t pull the old “my favorite company underrates its figures, competitors exaggerate theirs”.

          2. SparkEV says:

            The weight distribution is different, so the bigger battery option adds more toward the front of the car. That also means no software upgrade to higher capacity.

        2. WadeTyhon says:

          Yeah, my stream was stuttering, blurry and slow. Initially missed the pricing. Thanks!

          I am surprised they didnt want to at least match the Bolt on the base, though it is pretty close. But 10k is a lot for a minor performance boost and a slightly bigger battery. Was there more info that I missed that is standard on the longer range version?

          I was hoping more detailed info about options/pricing… autopilot, supercharger, etc… they may have come up in the video and i missed them too since the stream was so choppy? lol

          1. Will says:

            no that was Elon

        3. Doggydogworld says:

          I’m not surprised it came in below 238, I predicted as much. I believe it will match or beat Bolt at steady 65 mph, which matters more in the real world.

          I want to know the pack size. I’ve predicted 55 kWh but everyone says 60. They would lose some face getting 220 out of the same size pack as the Bolt.

          1. unlucky says:

            There’s a lot of reason to think it would do worse on the same capacity as the Bolt. It’s significantly bigger and heavier.

            1. SparkEV says:

              Tesla 3 weighs 3549 lb vs Bolt 3563 lb, so Tesla 3 is lighter. But Tesla 3 has Cd of 0.23 vs Bolt’s 0.32, almost 30% less than Bolt. Since highway is dominated by aero, Tesla 3 will most likely have longer range than Bolt at steady 60 MPH. Unfortunately, we can’t test until end of 2018…

              1. unlucky says:

                Yeah, I saw that figure afterwards. It is lighter.

                I’m sure the glass roof more than evens the weight out though.

                But it’s still at least a hundred pounds lighter than I thought it would be.

      2. Doggydogworld says:

        Long range starts at 44k

        Base model still 35k. Probably 2019 delivery, though, since he said late 2018 for orders made today.

      3. Bacardi says:

        Long range price was $44K or $9K over base…

    2. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      In the voice of Maxwell Smart….
      “Missed by this much” 18miles.

      I’ll still buy mine though in 2020 when the AWD should be available. That’ll be the only upgrade.
      I’ll SC on a pay as you charge.

    3. Nix says:

      It came in exactly the way I’ve been predicting for the last 6 months, with the lower priced Model 3 small battery and the higher priced Model 3 large battery book-ending the Bolt.

      M3 220 miles for $35,000
      Bolt LT 238 miles for $37,495 (+$2,495 for 18 miles)
      Bolt Premier 238 miles for $41,780 (+$6,780 for 18 miles)
      M3 310 miles for $44,000 (+$2,220 for 72 miles)

      1. Doggydogworld says:

        I think those Bolt prices include destination charge while Model 3 do not.

        1. Nix says:

          I think those Model 3 prices include Supercharging while Bolt do not.

          1. DJ says:

            I think those Bolt prices are ridiculous. Nobody is paying MSRP around here 🙂

            1. Nix says:

              So get a Model 3 and use a future referral program to hand out referrals and make up the difference. *shrug*

              1. Will says:

                Supercharging is not free for the 3 either. I live in NE Ohio and there’s one supercharging station 30 miles east of me but 10 different DCFC stations in the area and 2 different station 10 min away from where I love and the are in opssite direction

    4. unlucky says:

      I told you so.

      Bet it has longer highway range than the Bolt though.

      1. DJ says:

        I bet it has way lower range in the city than the Bolt 😉

        1. Doggydogworld says:

          A critical issue for iron butts who drive 18 hours in city traffic without stopping to recharge.

  21. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    My stream stopped/died. Anyone else?

    1. AlphaEdge says:

      I had major stuttering and no sound on my notebook, and then powered up my desktop and everything was good.

  22. jerry says:

    That was disappointing. I was expecting a lot more tech details like weight, pack size, etc.

    1. Mark.ca says:


  23. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    So that was it for hard data? We got the range of the two battery packs, the two prices for those trim levels, and the 0-60 time?

    We still don’t know how many kWh the two battery packs have?

  24. WadeTyhon says:

    Wait, thats it? No pricing or anything? Or did the stream just go out…?

    1. AlphaEdge says:

      $35,000 for the 220 mile range model, and $44,000 for the 310 mile range model.

    2. WadeTyhon says:

      On options and such I mean. I expected a bit more detailed pricing but I guess not yet.

      1. WadeTyhon says:

        Premium Upgrades Package – $5,000 Upgraded interior with additional features and premium materials.

        Premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout, including open pore wood décor and two rear USBs
        12-way, power adjustable front seats, steering column and side mirrors, with custom driver profiles
        Premium audio system with more power, tweeters, surround speakers and subwoofer
        Tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection
        Auto dimming, power folding, heated side mirrors
        LED fog lamps
        Center console with covered storage and docking for two smartphones

        Enhanced Autopilot – $5,000 Model 3 will match speed to traffic conditions, keep within a lane, automatically change lanes, transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway and self-park at your destination.

        Additional features will roll out over time through software updates.

        Full Self-Driving Capability – $3,000 (requires Enhanced Autopilot) In the future, Model 3 will be capable of conducting trips with no action required by the person in the driver’s seat.

        This feature is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary by jurisdiction.

        1. Will says:

          If no one wants the base right now, I’ll but it, I don’t need the other options.

  25. bro1999 says:

    Well that was pretty lame. So much for spilling all the beans. Elon spilled like 3.

    Configurator? Technical specs? This ain’t a pre-production release, real 3’s have been delivered! Where’s the grass fed, organic Beef Elon??

    1. AlphaEdge says:

      And he promised Vegan! Wearing sandals does not count!

      bro1999, maybe you’re sitting in a wet diaper tonight, so you better get a change there. 😉

    2. Nix says:

      It will come. The Tesla website has already been updated with more pictures in just the last few minutes.

      A week from now you will be whining about all the Tesla stories about all the details as they release them. There will be no making you happy about anything Tesla-related.

  26. Get Real says:

    18 miles is only a little short and considering the many features standard like dcfc its a steal considering the base Bolt is $2,500 more.

    So your 18 miles more on a Bolt compared to base Model 3 costs $138 more PER MILE!

    1. bro1999 says:

      I could get another Bolt right now for $3k off a $37.5k sticker price. And the 3 price doesn’t include the standard Tesla $1,200 destination fee. So in reality, a base Bolt is cheaper than a base Model 3 that will be available…..who knows when.

      1. AlphaEdge says:

        Yeah but, the Model 3 only looks about a thousands times better.

      2. Mark.ca says:

        Bro, wait a month or 2 and you will buy the Bolt for even less…GM will have a hard time selling it so they will start discounting it soon.

        1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

          Even if it were $6k less I wouldn’t buy that EconoBox Bolt.

          1. unlucky says:

            EconoBoxes aren’t that fast.

      3. Nix says:

        They actually haven’t released what the delivery fee will be. They have said multiple times that they will be cutting costs for delivery for the Model 3 compared to the S/X.

    2. unlucky says:

      Of course you can’t really buy this at that price. But you can buy a Bolt. Rather significant if you’re actually looking to buy a car and not just talk about it.

  27. SparkEV says:

    Did they mention the battery capacity? 220 miles is what, 50 kWh? 310 miles is 70 kWh?

    310/70 = 4.42 mi/kWh
    220/50 = 4.4 mi/kWh


    1. Mark.ca says:

      It’s whatever you want it to be…..because he fricking told us nothing!

    2. Mark.ca says:

      Why would the 70 be more efficient than the 50?

      1. Will says:

        more like a 45kw

    3. unlucky says:

      55/70. Bank it.

      At least for now.

  28. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    I’m not a Tesla hater/basher/shorter but that sucked…..lol

    1. AlphaEdge says:

      I feel a bit disappointed also, but what do you expect! 2 years of waiting and anticipation can never be satisfied by a mere introduction presentation.

      More facts will come tomorrow.

      1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

        I’m not in a rush anyway. I’m a 2020 buyer.

    2. WadeTyhon says:

      It might have sucked but could not tell you for certain! I could barely see it or hear it after the first few minutes.

      I was already having trouble since he is a pretty quiet speaker. Then the image went in and out, garbled and pixelated every few seconds, and the sound was just as choppy. Livestreams suuuck.

      1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

        Audio lagged for me and video went in and out.
        Thought it was my broadband but my Okla speed test got me 18Mb/s down and 20.2Mb/s up.

        I think it was their cast server.

  29. Will says:

    I’m waiting for the Leaf 2.0 to decide for next vehicle. I do like the 3 and the bolt but it now comes down for me is comfort, and price. If the leaf comes out with a 40 kw battery with 180m range and dcfc or chamdeo and price at $30k we are getting it. I work at retail that have ev chargers,we will lease it first, after I trade in our leased Nissan Altima and my 1st generation volt

  30. AlphaEdge says:

    Been watching the KmanAuto stream for quite awhile, and they just went for a test drive. Bjørn Nyland was in the car also, in the front passenger seat, and both him, and the KmanAuto guy where very impressed by the interior layout and build quality.

  31. M Hovis says:

    I am having a hard time understanding how you will get a Model 3 by the end of 2018 if you ordered one now?

    Tesla has declared 20,000 in December (5000/week). So approximately 40,000 shipped in 2017. They won’t start with 10,000/week in 2018, but even if they did that would be 480,000.

    The reservation count was 375,000 before they stopped reporting. I am sure some will drop out and more will jump in. Just trying to understand how an order today would turn into a delivery December 31st, 2018 unless the count has remained unchanged which seems very unlikely?

    Still, this is a big moment for EVs!