As of Friday, Model 3 is only available at two retail locations across the country, Stanford Mall in Palo Alto, and Westfield Century City in Los Angeles.
On Friday night, I stopped at the Century City showroom, which is located in the mall near the Apple Store and the Amazon Store (aka Amazon Book Store). Both shops attracted a lot of customers, but both shops were pale compared to what I’d seen on Tesla Hall Friday night. (See the video at the bottom.)
The car has a long line. In fact, it reminds me of the route that took place in November at the Apple Store in Century City where I was waiting for iPhone X’s role. It may not be that long, but Model 3 does produce the same noise as the iPhone X.
On display was the $ 49,000 Model 3, which included a 310-mile range, rear-wheel drive, and advanced upgrades including the autopilot.
I noticed that people keep poking their cars for the Tesla people on the brink. They have to keep a close watch on the vehicles to make sure no one is undermining anything. One of the Tesla guys commented to me: “The tragedy of the House of Commons.”
And please note that there is currently no test drive available at Century City’s stores or any test drive available at this location.
Also note that one of Tesla Hall staff mentioned that Model 3 for customers in Los Angeles was from the Tesla plant in Marina Del Rey, California.
For the first time in the wild west of Los Angeles, I’ve started to see Model 3, the hotbed of electric cars. On Wednesday night, the first time I saw a No. 3 car charging at Whole Foods in Sherman Oaks. Will this be the case this summer? This is an indicator – albeit sketchy – that production actually increases.
And if the Model 3 is Tesla’s mass-market model, it should start oversold the S and X models and become Tesla’s greatest presence on the road in years to come – especially in Los Angeles.