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[TechRadar] Over 200,000 people have pre-ordered an electric car they've never driven
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Over 200,000 people have pre-ordered an electric car they've never driven

<img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/car%20tech/Tesla/Model%203/official/Tesla-Model-3-red-470-75.jpg" alt="Over 200,000 people have pre-ordered an electric car they've never driven"/><p>The Tesla effect is a real; how else do you explain the Model 3 pre-order phenomena? </p><p>According to <a rel="nofollow" href="https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/715952781895426048">Elon Musk</a>, the car maker accepted over 200,000 pre-orders for the upcoming <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/car-tech/tesla-model-3-release-date-news-and-features-1317651">Model 3</a> electric vehicle (EV). That's up from the 115,000 reservations claimed by Musk at the start of the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/car-tech/here-s-the-tesla-model-3-and-we-reserved-one-1318138">unveil event</a> last night. </p><p>And the numbers don't stop there. </p><p>Over twice the number of Model 3's were reserved as <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/car-tech/nissan-leaf-1311929/review">Nissan Leaf's</a> sold between 2010 and 2015. It sounds insane that so many put down a $1000/£1000 /AU$1,500 deposit for a car that doesn't begin production until next year, but also extremely impressive. Whether or not Tesla can deliver the Model 3s in another question, but I have faith it can. </p><h3>Delivery time</h3><p>The Tesla factory, formerly known as New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), was able to crank out 6,000 Toyota Corolla, Matrix and Pontiac Vibes a week before it was shuttered. At peak capacity, using the output numbers from 2010, you're looking at a potential 312,000 cars a year. That is, if the Tesla Gigafactory can supply enough batteries.</p><p><img src="http://mos.futurenet.com/techradar/art/car%20tech/Tesla/Model%203/official/Tesla-Model-3-black-420-100.jpg" alt="Tesla Model 3" width="420"></img></p><p>I put down my deposit yesterday at 7:30 pm PDT and have no regrets after the unveil. The Tesla Model 3 looks like an amazing car for the money. With its expected 5-star crash ratings across the board, standard Autopilot, 215 miles of range, giant glass roof and dual motor configurations, it's everything I want in a family car. </p><p>When the time comes, I'll pick out a shiny red one with the biggest battery available, performance configuration and dual motor. Sadly, until then, it's going to be a long wait.</p><ul><li>Here's everything you need to know about the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/car-tech/tesla-model-3-release-date-news-and-features-1317651">Tesla Model 3</a></li></ul><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247396574388/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ea9de47/sc/21/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247396574388/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ea9de47/sc/21/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247396574388/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ea9de47/sc/21/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247396574388/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ea9de47/sc/21/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247396574388/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ea9de47/sc/21/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247396574388/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ea9de47/sc/21/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/247396574388/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ea9de47/sc/21/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/247396574388/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ea9de47/sc/21/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/247396574388/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ea9de47/sc/21/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/669/f/9809/s/4ea9de47/sc/21/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/allnews/~4/G2Nu08G3UQk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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