A black Tesla Model 3, the most affordable electric car by Tesla Motors which is expected to be delivered later this year, has been seen driving near the Silicon Valley-based headquarters of the automaker in Palo Alto, California. Not very long ago, Tesla Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk, had released a teaser video which showed a black Model 3 release candidate driving down a local street.
The number of Autopilot 2.0 cameras could be 10
Wayne, who spotted the car and informed tech site “Teslarati”, saw the Model 3 driving in the opposite direction before making a U-turn and giving chase to the electric car. Two cars were following the upcoming electric car, one of those two cars was BMW, according to Wayne. He says, “They were driving pretty fast past me. I pulled a u turn and followed. They switched drivers.”
Wayne was successful in capturing some good pictures of the long-awaited electric car in camera burst mode as the EV sped away. The Black affordable electric car, which starts at the price of $35,000, appears – at first glance – to be the same version as shown in the teaser video revealed by CEO Musk last month. In the photos, the full suite of “hardware 2” sensors of the U.S.-based electric car making giant that enables the electric car to have full autonomous capabilities in the future are quite clear.
On the Tesla Badge, which is located on each front fender and on the B-pillar of the car, a side camera can be seen. What looks most interesting in the pictures is the inclusion of two new sensors that are rear-quarter facing and are probably the new Autopilot 2.0 cameras. If this is all true, it would bring the total number Autopilot 2.0 cameras from 8 to 10.
Tesla aims to produce 10,000 vehicles per week next year: Report
Teslarati got a closer look at what the final Model 3 will look like as well. They noted that, “Tesla received criticism over the front end design of the Model 3 when the prototype was first revealed to the public last year, which prompted CEO Elon Musk to tweet, ‘some tweaking underway’.”
The Gigafactory of the U.S.-based automaker in Sparks, Nevada will start production on Model 3 ‘2170’ battery cells this quarter. In addition to this, the electric car maker expects initial production of the affordable EV to start in July this year before hiking up the total production of 5,000 cars per week in the Q4 and 10,000 cars per week in 2018. That is a huge expectation and we still have to see if Tesla will deliver on it.