Like it or not, cars are a way of life in L.A., and Tesla’s electric vehicles, designed locally in Hawthorne, have become a regular sight on the city’s freeways. They’re the perfect way for drivers to communicate, “Sure, I drive a flashy luxury car, but I totally care about the environment, too.” Well, at long last, Tesla is releasing a more affordable, mass-market car that still boasts the same green cred. And, since Tesla knows Angelenos are going to want this thing, they’re debuting the Model 3 with a big reveal right here.
Even if you’re not among the 500,000 people already on the waiting list to buy a Model 3, you can stroll into the Tesla showroom inside Westfield Century City (10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City) starting on Friday and take a look. They’re anticipating a lot of interest in the first few days, so you won’t be able to take a Model 3 out for a test drive just yet, but in the near future you’ll be able to do that, too.
Eventually, you’ll be able to check out Model 3s in other Tesla showrooms, but since pre-orders have been so strong, they’re hustling to fulfill all the orders first, before putting more cars out on display.
What makes this new car so special? Price is the biggest thing. A Model 3 starts at $35,000, compared to a base price of $74,500 for the Model S. To make it more accessible, it lacks a few of the amenities of the other models. Namely, a smaller trunk, no digital display for the driver, and a slightly reduced range per battery charge. Model 3 drivers will also have to pay per use for Tesla Supercharger power stations, something that comes complimentary with previous Teslas (the company estimates the charging cost for a road trip from L.A. to San Francisco would run about $15).
Just remember, should you head out to Century City and fall in love with a Model 3, you won’t be able to take it home right away. Currently, Tesla is estimating the delivery times at about 12 to 18 months.
Stay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today.