Tesla sends 'golden ticket' invites to 30 Model 3 owners

Although Elon Musk already has his, Tesla is set to finally begin delivering its eagerly anticipated Model 3 to (some) customers.

The firm today began sending out invites to a 'delivery event' to be held at the firm's Fremont factory.

The first 30 owners will be able to take a spin in their new cars on July 28 at a celebratory launch party.

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The first 30 owners will be able to take a spin in their new cars on July 28 at a celebratory launch party where Elon Musk is expected to reveal more details about the car.

The first 30 owners will be able to take a spin in their new cars on July 28 at a celebratory launch party where Elon Musk is expected to reveal more details about the car.

Others may have to wait much longer, as production will begin slowly at 100 cars for the month of August and another 1,500 cars for September. 

By the end of December that number is expected to reach 200,000 per month, Musk later said in a reply.

Earlier this month the first Model 3 rolled of the production line, with Musk admitting he was the proud owner, after the first person in the queue to reserve the car gave his place to Musk as a birthday gift.

Musk tweeted photos of Model 3 late on Saturday night, after the CEO announced the cars would begin production Friday, thanks to passing tests ahead of schedule.

The five-seat car will be able to travel 215 miles on a single charge and will be sporty, accelerating from zero to 60mph in under six seconds. 

Although the eco-friendly car is affordable compared to other Teslas, those looking to buy the vehicle may be waiting months before they can get behind the wheel.

Elon Musk finally revealed the first photos of the new Tesla Model 3 (pictured) late on Saturday night. The eco-friendly car is affordable at $35,000 and can go 215 miles on a single charge

Elon Musk finally revealed the first photos of the new Tesla Model 3 (pictured) late on Saturday night. The eco-friendly car is affordable at $35,000 and can go 215 miles on a single charge

Although the vehicle is much more affordable compared to other Tesla models, those looking to buy the car may be waiting months before they can get behind the wheel

Although the vehicle is much more affordable compared to other Tesla models, those looking to buy the car may be waiting months before they can get behind the wheel

The new cars are priced at $35,000 but a $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles would lower the cost to $27,500.

News of the car's release comes earlier than expected, Musk said on Monday.

He

: 'Model 3 passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule. Expecting to complete SN1 [first production] on Friday.' 

Tesla has not said how many people have put down $1,000 refundable deposits for the Model 3, but Musk said people who put down a deposit now will not get a car until the end of 2018 - suggesting it could be close to 500,000 people waiting. 

The California-based company aims to make 5,000 Model 3 sedans per week by the end of this year and 10,000 per week in 2018

The California-based company aims to make 5,000 Model 3 sedans per week by the end of this year and 10,000 per week in 2018

TESLA'S MODEL 3 

The first models of the 35,000 (£27,000) electric vehicle begin production this week.

The five-seat sedan will travel 215 miles (133 kilometres) on a single charge.

It will be sporty, accelerating from zero to 60mph in under six seconds.

The car has no traditional dashboard, but instead a computer monitor in the center of the car which shows details about the car and its route.

It will be controlled via a touchscreen and each side of the steering wheel will have a single scroll button.

The California-based company aims to make 5,000 Model 3 sedans per week by the end of this year and 10,000 per week in 2018. 

Musk said the Model 3 is much simpler to make, but 14-year-old Tesla has no experience in producing and selling vehicles in high volumes. 

The firm's last new vehicle, the Model X SUV, was delayed nearly 18 months. 

Tesla made just 84,000 cars last year. Bigger rivals like General Motors, Volkswagen and

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