Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
Business | By Jorge Reeves

Tesla Model 3 Performance Version Due Next Year

Tesla Model 3 Performance Version Due Next Year

A group of Tesla workers behind an effort to unionize the automaker's Fremont, Calif. factory have sent a letter to the company's board asking its independent members to put pressure on management including CEO Elon Musk to address concerns about safety and financial shortfalls. It expects to build 100 cars in August, before growing output to 1500 cars in September.

Even if everything were to go right, Musk previously had indicated all those now holding reservations likely wouldn't take delivery of a Model 3 for at least 18 months.

Musk tweeted his replies to a number of questions on Twitter, starting with his response to a tweet that said he had "an fantastic life". The company is planning to build about 500,000 cars by 2018. Panasonic's close involvement with Tesla makes it a major player in batteries, but Korean firms LG and Samsung have more automaker clients.

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A woman dressed in a red T-shirt most often worn by government supporters, called strikers "puppets and zombies". More than three months of street protests have left at least 93 people dead and 1,500 wounded.

Finally, Musk said that taking on so many stress-inducing responsibilities is his own fault.

Now loss-making Tesla is trying to move into a different league, building vehicles in high volume for customers able to pay only a few thousand dollars more than the average price of a conventional auto or truck sold in the US.

He later offered an unfavorable comparison to his career, tweeting: "If you buy a ticket to hell, it isn't fair to blame hell". Both the Model S and the Model X SUV were delayed and then plagued with pesky problems, like doors that don't work and blank screens in their high-tech dashboards. Once an automaker sells 200,000 electric cars in the USA, the credit phases out. The Model 3 is one of the most technological cars you can find.

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That was, until Geoffrey Kondogbia somehow contrived to score the most unbelievably unnecessary own goal from distance. Reports Antonio Candreva is set to join Chelsea are " absolutely not " true, says Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti .

Analysts have questioned whether Tesla would be able to get itself solidly into the black with the Model 3 considering the base $35,000 price tag. It has one dashboard screen, not two, and no fancy door handles.

Tesla will also be using the Model 3 as an opportunity to scale up its manufacturing. It's made primarily of steel, not aluminum.

Sam Abuelsamid, a senior researcher with Navigant Research, said even if it doesn't meet its ambitious targets, Tesla has done more than anyone to promote electric vehicles. "Now all of a sudden, EVs are real, practical vehicles that can be used for anything", he said.

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