Elon Musk tweets 2017 date for release of first mass-market Tesla

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Prolific innovator Elon Musk has tweeted that two years from now he will release Tesla’s first mass-market car for consumers, the Model 3, which will cost US$35,000.

Musk said that the Model 3, a smaller and lower-cost sedan, will start production within two years and that he is scouting locations for a new fully-operational Gigafactory to handle manufacturing of the vehicle.

In a series of three tweets, he also said that the much-anticipated crossover Tesla Model X will be released on 29 September.

 

He said that the Model X will cost about US$5,000 more than a Model S due to its greater size.  

 

The first production cars for the Model X will be released on 29 September from Tesla’s Fremont factory.

 

Despite setbacks with his SpaceX rocket, with one spectacularly exploding and crashing in July, Musk is undeterred in his mission to transform the world.

In May, he revealed the Powerwall technology, a giant battery for the home or business, that he predicts will transform energy consumption in the 21st century.

In July, Tesla also announced a new ‘Ludicrous Speed’ upgrade for the Model S that will boost range and increase acceleration.

The visionary inventor/investor is also working on his ambition to create a high-speed rail system that would make it possible to travel between cities like LA and San Francisco in minutes rather than hours.

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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