They're queuing for Tesla's new electric Model 3 but it doesn't get here until 2018
First look: Tesla Model 3
Published 06/04/2016 | 02:30
A number of Irish people are expected to be among those 'reserving' Tesla's new, and least expensive, electric car to date - the Model 3.
Globally, there were more than 270,000 deposits for the car, which was unveiled late last week, within 72 hours of the order books being opened.
A spokeswoman told 'Independent Motors' the only indication of price is the one for the US - $35,000. "We have no further updates with regards to regional pricing although reservations are open globally," she added.
And it is unlikely to be in Europe before 2018.
But before the car was even revealed, there were 115,000 pre-orders.
Unveiled in California, the Model 3 is their fourth all-electric model and by far the most affordable.
While lots of technical details have yet to emerge it is widely reported that it can accelerate to 100kmh in around six seconds.
More importantly, I suppose, is the expected range of 400kms on one charge with a full complement of five adults on board.
Because there is no engine at the front you can sit further forward, leaving more room for those behind. As well as that there is a panoramic sunroof spanning the length of the cabin.
There is a boot compartment at the front and back.
The car, a rival for the likes of the BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4, has sparked extraordinary interest - as the numbers signed up to buy one can testify.
And I love what the company says about availability. Talk about being in a position of strength: "In order to be as fair as possible, there will be a different queue for each region.
"And as a thank-you to our current owners, existing customers will get priority in each region."
It adds: "Model 3 production is scheduled to begin in late 2017. "When production begins, we will begin deliveries in North America starting on the west coast, moving east.
"As we continue to ramp production, we will begin deliveries in Europe, APAC and right-hand drive markets."
Sounds like it will be well into 2018. It's a long time to 'queue'.
I hope it's worth it.