So far this year, Tesla has revealed two big surprises for its forthcoming Model 3, a $35,000 mass-market electric vehicle that will serve up 200 miles of range on a single charge.
The Tesla-for-the-rest-of-us will likely be launched in July, ahead of schedule. That’s surprise number one.
Surprise number two is that Tesla intends to bypass the manufacturing prototype stage and go straight to full production, rolling cars off the assembly line and into customers’ driveways.
“Most automakers test a new model’s production line by building vehicles with relatively cheap, prototype tools designed to be scrapped once they deliver doors that fit, body panels with the right shape and dashboards that don’t have gaps or seams,” Reuters reported.
“Tesla, however, is skipping that preliminary step and ordering permanent, more expensive equipment…
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