Watch Tesla Model 3 Reveal Live Tonight From 8:30 (PT)/11:30 (ET)

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It's Tesla Model 3 Reveal Day!

It’s Tesla Model 3 Reveal Day!

After a full day of taking deposit reservations all over the world, it’s time for Tesla to start the most anticipated electric vehicle reveal of all-time.

It’s the Tesla Model 3 debut from the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, California.

Update:  Full details, specs, pictures, videos on the Tesla Model 3 from after the event can be found here.

So, after spending part of the day in line with ~400 other people, putting money down on an electric car you have never seen…why not sit down and find out what your money will get you!

Update: Event is now over, live stream is on a replay loop for viewing.

And yes, the pre-show movie is a bit choppy at the moment…as if people were signing up to reserve a car right now or something.

Bonus footage (below):  InsideEVs contributor Michael Beinenson put together some excellent footage of the typical “Model 3 deposit scene” found at Tesla stores all over the world earlier today (in this case from Atlanta, Georgia)

Bonus 2 (below): Winner of longest line? Tesla Santana Row!

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101 responses to "Watch Tesla Model 3 Reveal Live Tonight From 8:30 (PT)/11:30 (ET)"

  1. John says:

    Grab the caffeine and the popcorn.
    This is gonna be a good one!

    1. Tim says:

      Caffeine? Scotch!

        1. Aaron says:

          We need something that will keep us AWAKE!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uee_mcxvrw

          1. ffbj says:

            Certainly, and/or give you nightmares.

  2. Independent Observer says:

    It will be interesting to see how the Federal Tax incentive plays out by the time this car is released. They have about 135,000 left before the Fed tax expires as of last month. They could easily be down to the last 25,000-35,000 and maybe 0 cars when this is released. All of a sudden the cost goes up for those who have put their money into play.

    1. ffbj says:

      Around the 50k Model III’s will probably get it. Of course that is just the federal there are still state incentives. Also there is the potential that incentives could be extended, slightly reduced, or changed in some way.

    2. Jonathan says:

      If you read the details of the law it says that the full credit expires at the end of the second quarter following when a manufacturer hits 200K cars in the US. I understand this to mean that if they hit 200K cars in Feb 2018, additional unlimited cars produced through June 31st 2018 would qualify. So if they can product 10k cars a months by then, you could see them get to 250K cars that qualify for the full credit. Also keep in mind that for the 50% (and 25%) credit, there is no production limit, just a 2 quarter limit, so if Tesla can stamp out tons of cars in that period of time, they can massively capitalize on this.

      Since I live in the Bay Area and placed my order at 10:15 AM this morning, I’m very confident that I’ll get my full $7500 credit, but for those who are doing it online tonight, the situation could be a bit different. At the very least they will wait months longer to get their cars.

      1. Priusmaniac says:

        Let’s call that the “blind date” reservation advantage.

    3. Rick Bronson says:

      Valid point. Already Tesla has sold around 63,000 + units of Model-S & Model-X.
      By the end of next year, if they sell another 80,000 units, that brings to a total of around 140,000 units.

      So still the next 60,000 unit quota can be shared between Model-3, Model-S & Model-X.

    4. Tim says:

      Unless it get extended.

      1. Anon says:

        Vote Democrat, and it will.

        1. Aaron says:

          EV tax credits started with George W. Bush — a Republican!

          1. Anon says:

            Be assured that the current crop of Republicans running for office– will not continue it.

          2. JOHNMB says:

            Congress passed a tax bill, as proposed in President Bush’s economic stimulus plan, that offers a $100,000 tax credit for business owners who purchase any vehicle weighing 6,000 pounds or more when fully loaded.

            Think of the crap those cars dicharge..Thanks to GW BUSH!

    5. Daniel says:

      If they build a car that people actually want and is compelling the tax credit won’t make any difference people would have bought the model S with or without a tax credit and most that did didn’t need the tax credit anyway and those that couldn’t didn’t have enough taxable income to claim the full $7,500 anyway it’s not an issue if the car is compelling and people want it they will buy it regardless

  3. Jonathan says:

    The qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit phases out for a manufacturer’s vehicles over the one-year period beginning with the second calendar quarter after the calendar quarter in which at least 200,000 qualifying vehicles manufactured by that manufacturer have been sold for use in the United States (determined on a cumulative basis for sales after December 31, 2009) (“phase-out period”). Qualifying vehicles manufactured by that manufacturer are eligible for 50 percent of the credit if acquired in the first two quarters of the phase-out period and 25 percent of the credit if acquired in the third or fourth quarter of the phase-out period. Vehicles manufactured by that manufacturer are not eligible for a credit if acquired after the phase-out period.

    1. “in which at least 200,000 qualifying vehicles manufactured by that manufacturer have been sold for use in the United States” Jonathan, thanks for that clarification.

      Now, for the best part…Tesla reports sales numbers Total…as in Globaly, so the closest number WE have as to units that fit this descriptor, are the tally’s here on Inside EV’s!

      So, Tesla could at some point delay a few 1000 deliveries onto a following quarter, so as to extent the deadline for the Federal Credit for buyers in the US (By sending some of those units overseas!)?

    2. Daniel says:

      The tax credit is only important to car manufacturers who are trying to sell BEV transportation appliances. if you build a car worth having and it is desirable it will sell anyway I don’t think they have any worries

  4. mg says:

    Actually, if they manage this smartly, they might pull off a lot of incentives, because phasing out of the gov program takes some 5-6 quarters. So if they end year 2018 with 195k cars sold in US, at least some benefits will be available up to Q2’2020 – In those 18 months – provading they are ready with model 3 production issues at the end of 2018, they might sell even aditional 200k cars under incentives regime.

  5. mg says:

    Jonathan was faster:)
    But what a lot of people don’t realise is that share of US in total Tesla sales is shrinking. And because they have pretty huge backlog thay might distribute cars in such a way to for example hit certain milestones in most oportune moments:) S it’s actually probable that Tesla might lean towards foreign deliveries of Model 3 to postpone hitting 200k mark, until they have production scaled up pretty well.

  6. Acevolt says:

    Maybe they will work with GM and Nissan to push for an increase in the number allowed by the government?

  7. scott franco (the evil republican EV owner) says:

    Am I the only one who notices that this is starting to look like a page out of Steve Jobs playbook? All Elon needs to complete the picture is a turtleneck sweater, jeans and an autistic head tilt to complete the picture.

    1. Someone out there says:

      Why change a winning concept? Steve Jobs was a better public speaker though.

      1. Anon says:

        Steve Jobs never hung out with his customers and high-fived them, while they waited to pre-order a product sight-unseen.

        Elon seems to be having a great time of it, today. 🙂

        Can’t wait for the M3 presentation…

    2. David Murray says:

      Elon doesn’t need the autistic head tilt.. He has his stuttering problem instead. Although I found it interesting that every time he has appeared in a TV show such as the Simpsons or The Big Bang Theory, he never stuttered any. So I guess he doesn’t want that to be part of his recognizable character traits.

      1. Aaron says:

        Unlike Bob Newhart. His intentional stutter drives me nuts.

  8. scott franco (the evil republican EV owner) says:

    I notice Telsa already debited my account for the $1000. Clearly its a ponzy scheme. Elon will be headed out of the country with the money later tonight….

    1. Rich says:

      I assume this comment is for comedic value.

      For those that aren’t fully aware of the EV landscape, Tesla has been clear from the beginning. Tesla requires a $1,000 deposit to hold the reservation. The deposit is fully refundable, at any time, until the reservation holder confirms they want to exercise the reservation. Tesla will reach out to the first reservation holders sometime in Q3/Q4 2017 time frame to see if they want to exercise their reservation.

    2. Tim says:

      I got way in front of this problem. While standing in line, I used my own iPad and Tesla shirt to take deposits down the line. I’ve never seen people so thankful while being defrauded.

      /s (for any prosecutors reading this)

    3. Daniel says:

      Well if “Telsa” debited your account you may have a problem.

      1. scott franco (the evil republican EV owner) says:

        Crud! The guy in the Tesla shirt was not for real? He said for $20 extra I could skip the line…..

        1. ffbj says:

          Well maybe having you write the check out to Tim Tesla was a clue.

  9. Jake Brake says:

    Im going to try to stream it in flight.

  10. AlphaEdge says:

    Is it really happening? ?

  11. Rick Bronson says:

    I am wondering whether the Model ≡ will even have a bonnet. The motors are in axles and so the bonnet can be removed to reduce the weight and increase the range.

    Anyway its just another 2 hours, so lets wait and see.

  12. Vinny says:

    Ford’s reaction to all of this is to finally advertise the electric Focus on TV. Was watching the Food Network and just about fell out of my chair. They have shown it at least twice so far tonight.

    1. Anon says:

      They had a segment on BBC News as well, talking about “reinventing themselves” and pretending to be a start-up (or buy some), to help them meet challenges in their industry from these disruptive Silicon Valley types.

      Good luck with that, Ford.

  13. kubel says:

    Media coverage on this hasn’t been to great. Lots of questions about whether Tesla has the cash to make it to Q4 2017, and will there be any tax credits left come Q4 2017 for Tesla owners.

  14. Ambulator says:

    “…something it hasn’t had the best at luck doing with prior reveals in the past.”

    As opposed to prior reveals in the future?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      I don’t see that wording at all – you must be losing it

      …as always, we have never made any mistakes whatsoever in the wording of our stories, and/or went back and re-edited them to make commenters, who might be tempted to point out said shortcomings, look foolish

      1. Jean-François says:

        Jay, will you be up to the task for the sales data tomorrow also?

        Big week!

        1. Jay Cole says:

          I dunno, long couple days. Is wrong to hope for a short presentation with little detail so I can selfishly catch some ZZZs?

          /probably
          //evil thoughts

        2. MTN Ranger says:

          Let the man catch some Zzzz’s!

          1. Jay Cole says:

            It’s only 2:30 am…the night is young!

  15. ffbj says:

    It will look a lot like the Model S with the tail end cut off abruptly, I think.

  16. Phr3d says:

    Jay, I cannot get the link above to show anything but the disjointed text – any ideas?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      It’s up now, we just had the 5 second Model 3 loop running there until the live stream was available.

      …now will Tesla be able to hold the live stream all night? That is the question

    2. ffbj says:

      It’s just a place holder 5 seconds. You can always go here: https://www.teslamotors.com/

      1. phr3d says:

        Thanks ffbj, already have it open as well — just -never- had a problem loading vids here before, not a prob, know the site is bein’ slaughtered with traffic, good news..

        1. ffbj says:

          I should have known that. Have a good un.

  17. phr3d says:

    I’m IN
    (finally, awaiting my six digit number, lol)

  18. Where is the stream URL?

    1. Someone out there says:

      The best one I’ve found is https://model3.tesla.com/

  19. JRMW says:

    Well,
    I just reserved my model 3
    It opened a few minutes before 930 pm central time
    Website worked fine but streaming commercial is pretty choppy.

    Now can’t wait to see what I reserved!
    (How crazy is that?)

  20. mustang_sallad says:

    Mad respect for the Plug-in Prius trying to cut in line in the Santana Row video.

    “Need… more… electric!”

  21. delta says:

    Automotive history is being made tonight.

    The automotive industry is being upended.

  22. Roy LeMeur says:

    Elon says: “All Model 3s come with Supercharging”

  23. kdawg says:

    Model 3 details:
    0-60 in under 6 sec
    215 miles EPA min
    Auto Pilot Standard
    Super Charging Standard
    seating for 5, lots of leg room
    Single pane of glass for roof
    Frunk & trunk
    largest cargo capacity for car its size

    1. TomArt says:

      Be careful – “autopilot standard” means the hardware is standard, just like the Model S. Also like the Model S, there will most definitely be an activation fee. Currently, the Model S has an activation of $2.5k USD upon purchase/lease. Activating it later is $3k.

      By contrast, when he said that supercharging was “standard”, he didn’t provide the hardware qualifier. I take that as a hopeful sign that the SCs will be included – no activation fee like the S60 initially had.

    2. Rich says:

      Here’s my notes to add to Kdawg’s

      Model 3 – Mass market affordable car

      Safe car – will be 5 star rating in every category

      0-60mph in less than 6 seconds (base model), other trim level(s) will be faster

      Range at least 215 miles EPA rated (base model)

      Comes standard with all Auto pilot hardware

      Comes standard with all auto pilot safety features

      Fits 5 adults comfortably

      Front trunk

      Rear hatch back

      Large center screen display similar model S (not the same, but similar)

      Rear roof area is one continuous piece of glass

      More cargo capacity than any gas car of the same dimensions (can fit a 7ft surfboard)

      Comes standard with access to supercharging network included

      Supercharger network will double in size by end of next year (7,200)

      Destination charges will quadruple by end of next year (15,000)

      Double stores and service stations by end of next year (441)

      Price $35,000

      Base model with no options will be an amazing car

      115,000 reservations as of 12am EST 4/1

  24. Anon says:

    Lack of grill will take some getting used to. They didn’t pull a simple Porsche with the front, and have found their own form for branding. Interesting. Again, slowly weening us off the fake grill from S, to X and now III.

    The sideways touchscreen in the center of the dash… Is that the ENTIRE (as in only) display for all the vehicle’s functions: speed, odometer, etc., etc.? Not sure I like that.

    1. TomArt says:

      I think it is.

    2. Spec says:

      F the grille! This is an EV. It can suck up the small amount of air it needs from below or the below the bumper intake. I AM GLAD there is no grille! Horseless carriages don’t need a place to store a whip.

    3. Spec says:

      And I have no problem with just a single display. So what if I have to look a few inches to the right to see my speed? A single display reduces cost. I’m fine with that.

  25. drpawansharma says:

    well it did break the insideevs, i am getting repeated database connection errors today…from india

    1. TomArt says:

      Yep, same here in the US. Just now seems to be working again.

      1. ffbj says:

        Well, sort of kind of. It’s a Ballroom Blitz:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_jdiU47bFA

  26. tom911 says:

    No instrument cluster. Looks like a concept car.

    1. Spec says:

      Lol troll!

    2. ffbj says:

      It is sort of snub nosed, like an Avanti.
      They will probably change that.

      1. Anon says:

        Dunno about that. I think they want the energy savings by not having a cluttered front fascia, to keep the battery pack small.

        Elon didn’t go on about “And the real car will be better than the prototype”, this time, like he did with the Model X. Do I don’t expect much on the outside to change.

        I am hoping that interior gets upgraded, though.

        1. ffbj says:

          Sure, the interior is just mostly a mock up to show something.
          It’s not that I hate the nosecone, just that I can see how some might find it unattractive.

  27. Spec says:

    I MADE A HUGE MISTAKE BY SLEEPING OUT AND PREORDERING A MODEL 3!

    I should have pre-ordered several of them.

  28. pjwood1 says:

    Center lock wheels. Yipes. Like the look and mid-size(?), but the dash looked like an iPad mount and there was no illumination of the area through the steering wheel. I’d like the ergonomics of an easier to reach screen, but hope they preserve info in the line of sight of the road.

    1. Anon says:

      Hoping for a windshield projected HUD…

  29. ffbj says:

    Knock me over with a feather.

  30. Murrysville EV says:

    They got my money. If I don’t back out, I know I won’t see mine for 2 years (east coaster here).

    The interior still looked like a cobbled-together concept car. Hopefully the display won’t be bolted on like that.

  31. Driverguy01 says:

    Elon said 115K reservation at 12:00 tonight, WOW!
    I find the front looks like a Porsche.
    Glad i reserved one 🙂

    1. Anon says:

      I hate to say it, but it looks like a Porsche that faceplanted.

      That said, it does make it distinctive looking. They’re not copying anyone else’s style or design language for the snoot now. And one look instantly tells you this is not an ICE vehicle.

      I wonder what the Cd of this thing is? It looks cleaner than either the S or X.

  32. kdawg says:

    Where’s the air vents or the display for the driver, behind the wheel?
    Interior needs some refining.
    The seats look comfy.

    1. Anon says:

      They have a year to finish it… Remember, the Bolt Prototype interior didn’t ship, either.

      1. kdawg says:

        As long as they do, and not leave it as spartan as the Model S. Also Elon always said his concept/prototype cars were to look very much like the production vehicles. Something that said he didn’t like about other car companies is that they were not the same.

        1. Anon says:

          The spartan look won’t go away.

          1. Kdawg says:

            Then my deposit may go away.

  33. John says:

    I wonder how many reservations they’ll have by tomorrow? 250,000?

  34. delta says:

    I guess I’m getting a model III. I’ll tell my wife in the morning. She’ll think I’m joking…

  35. scott franco says:

    I like the style. Its a conservative follow on to the model S. They gave up the pretense of an open grill, which evs have no need of. The “ski jump” style where the whole car seems to be leaning downwards to the front seems to be the new style standard. The front of the car appears quite compressed, which on an EV, again, is quite possible.

    Wish they had done more interior shots, but I suppose that will follow.

  36. Someone out there says:

    The whole thing seems a bit rushed. There weren’t a lot of info about the car although a few things were confirmed such as well over 200 miles range and quick acceleration.
    I think design-wise there will be quite a few changes before it hits the market. The touch screen is probably it but the instrument cluster and the front end will probably change.

    1. Anon says:

      Not much can change if they meet their projected ship date…

  37. Disappointed says:

    Slap a front license plate on that Porker to hid it’s piggy nose.
    The design is neither fun nor exciting.
    The competition has little to fear when it arrives in 2-3 years.
    In fact, the Bolt is looking more alluring tonight now that we have seen Tesla’s best effort and heard the “gulp” about when the 3 will be produced.

    1. Anon says:

      Have fun charging your Bolt when you take it cross country… ‘Cause GM cares enough to install appropriate infrastructure. /s

      1. tom911 says:

        Have fun driving for 2:30 and stopping to charge for at least 30+ min each time – when the SC is open and if you get yours in time for the $7500 rebate, before it expires.

        I’ll take the Bolt as a commuter/city car and DD this year rather than wait 2+ years or grab a CPO Model S instead.

    2. super390 says:

      You have very different tastes than I. We’ll see how many of today’s 115,000 preorderers change their mind tomorrow.

  38. delta says:

    Where can we get more details on m3?

  39. Ambulator says:

    What I like:

    Supercharging.
    No dealers.

    What I don’t like:

    Glass roofs.
    Rear wheel drive.

    Looks like a Bolt for me.

    1. Priusmaniac says:

      I just wonder about the hatch opening. Is it like on the S a large wide opening or a very small one limited to the steel part?
      The glass roof doesn’t really bother me as long as it doesn’t prevent the large hatch opening. Although a small solar panel to compensate vampire electricity consumption on long parking stays during holidays may be interesting.

      1. Ambulator says:

        I have since learned that metal roofs are an option (or, more likely, that glass roofs are). It’s not a hatchback, though, which I also don’t like.

  40. Nate says:

    I like it.