Earlier this week, Elon Musk had announced that he was expecting the very first production Model 3 to come off the line on Friday. A day after this deadline, Musk has confirmed that Tesla has manufactured the first Model 3 production unit at their mega factory at Fremont and is now "going through final checkout." This news is important to the four hundred thousand and still counting, of Model 3 reservation holders. Many have been waiting patiently for the production of the Model 3 for over half a year. But no one is more excited, nor critical of this first production Model 3 than Elon Musk. That is because this car is his personal Model 3.
Although he was not the first to place an order for the Model 3, Ira Ehrenpreis had the rights to the first Model 3 since he was the first place a full deposit, but had given them to Elon for his 46th birthday present. This is also a very important day for the company. The electric car manufacturer has up to day produced only luxury models. The $35,000 before incentives Model 3 is the company's very first mass production long range model. While travel range, the distance that could be traveled in between full charges has dissuaded many potential buyers of previous electric cars, the Model 3 boasts a travel range of 250-300 miles per charge, more than enough for an average person's daily commute. If the vehicle passes the "final checkout," this would mean the company has reached their goal of starting production in July 2017. Musk expects to deliver the first 30 units at an event at the end of the month, which means the next unit to be delivered will not be for another couple of weeks. The CEO has also released their production schedule. ~100 units in August, ~1500 in September, and finally hit the goal of ~20,000 per month by the end of December.