SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diegans had their first up-close look Friday at Tesla's Model 3, the company's affordable electric car option.
Those visiting the Tesla showroom at Westfield UTC (4545 La Jolla Village Dr., Suite D17) can get an in-person view of the Model 3, sit inside of the vehicle and learn more about its features and capabilities.
Company officials said customers will not be able to test drive the vehicle.
In March 2016, more than 450,000 customers pre-ordered the car, according to company officials. Long lines were reported across the country and around the world when the pre-ordering period opened.
San Diego was no different, as hundreds of people lined up at Tesla's Westfield UTC and Fashion Valley Mall locations for a chance to reserve a Model 3 with a $1,000 deposit.
Sales of the Model 3 began in July 2017, and production of the vehicle continues at the company's Bay Area facility.
The company is still accepting reservations for the Model 3 in showrooms and on their website. The $1,000 reservation fee is fully refundable if customers change their mind.
The Model 3's starting list price is $35,000, before incentives. The standard Model 3 features include:
- Battery with an EPA-estimated range of 220 miles
- Internet connectivity
- Voice-activated controls
- Multiple cameras, including a back-up camera
- Alarm system
Customers can also purchase numerous upgrades for their Model 3. Tesla's much-discussed Autopilot feature can be added to the Model 3 for $5,000.