Elon Musk Reveals Image of First Dual-Motor Model 3 Inside Tesla's New "Tent"

Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted a tweet with a picture of the vehicle on his assembly line in a controversial new factory building.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Proving sceptics wrong, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted this week a picture of the first Model 3 Performance Dual Motor on his Fremont, California factory assembly line, a whole month before the car's expected July arrival date. The release also comes a mere one month after Tesla opened orders for the vehicle.

In the post, Musk expressed love for his staff and praised them for "amazing work." The CEO also added that his team built a new assembly line in just three weeks with limited resources.

The newly unveiled Performance model begins at $78,000 and according to previous tweets by Musk the electric car can "beat anything in its class on the track." The CEO has compared the vehicle's cost to that of the BMW M3 adding that his version has higher speeds and better handling.

The CEO has also boasted of impressive performance figures, including a 310-mile range. Perhaps the car's best asset, however, is its dual motor that ensures it will function well even if a motor is damaged. 

Musk's followers seemed excited by the recent news, reveling in the car's aesthetics, many advanced features and reasonable price. Posters called the car 'gorgeous' and 'sleek' and expressed awe at the timing of the delivery.

The recent news has also made some headlines due to the factory's innovative and slightly controversial 'tent' style construction. Musk took to Twitter to explain that the new design came about due to time constraints.

The CEO praised his team for their ingenuity in creating the new structure and assembly line by "using scrap we had in warehouses." Musk said the new version is "way better than the other GA line that cost hundreds of millions" and that it may very well be here to stay.

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Meanwhile, these latest tweets may be confirmation that Musk has succeeded in his goal to start producing 5,000 vehicles per week. Previous Twitter posts by the entrepreneur had indicated that manufacturing of the Model 3 Performance version would only begin if that pace had been achieved.


In a 2018 Annual Shareholder Meeting, documents had revealed Tesla had only reached a production pace of 3,500 Model 3s per week. However, a leaked recent email by Musk, said the company was now targeting 4,900 vehicles per week while Musk's latest tent tweet referenced the 5,000 a week goal.

More details should be unveiled soon but at least for now Musk has successfully temporarily silenced his critics. After months of snide remark regarding the CEO's failure to deliver on time, his delivery targets are finally early. 

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