Electrek is reporting that Tesla is preparing to begin fulfilling their Model 3 orders. Right now, employees who have priority reservations are being given access to an online configurator to help build their cars to a host of specifications.
One of the Model 3's biggest selling points is its low price tag, relative to other electric vehicle options. However, the available specs on this round of shipments require customers to drop at least $48,000, a far cry from the starting price of the $35,000 base vehicle. This added cost covers the longer range battery, which can take the vehicle 499 km (310 miles) versus 354 km (220 miles) for $9,000. Other "Premium Upgrades" include a glass roof which accounts for the remaining $5,000. There is another option to wait for the cheaper features to be available if a customer decides thrift is more important than expedience.