Model 3

Tesla, the American electric automobile company, started taking preorders for its new car called Model 3. A preorder is where you put some money down to book a car for yourself. Tesla required a deposit of US$1000 to reserve a car. Within a week of announcing Model 3, Tesla received over 325,000 preorders. Model 3 is expected to come out at the end of next year. The car’s base price is US$35,000. It will be able to seat 5 people, and will be able to go 215 miles on a single charge.

Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 in California, USA. Its CEO is Elon Musk (image), a Canadian-American entrepreneur born in South Africa. Musk has also helped create the aerospace manufacturing company SpaceX and the Internet payment company PayPal. The name Tesla Motors is inspired by Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), a scientist who made many contributions in the fields of electricity and magnetism.

Tesla’s first vehicle was a sports car called Roadster which was launched in 2008. This was followed by its four-door sedan called Model S. Model X is its sports utility vehicle, and Model 3 will be its next sedan. Here are 2 videos, one shows people lined up to place preorders of the Model 3 and the other is about Nikola Tesla.


Image Credits: for Model 3’s image, Steve Jurvetson for Musk’s image