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Tesla will unveil the production version of the Model 3 in July, CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter on Thursday.
Musk first revealed a concept of the Model 3, which will be Tesla’s first mass-market car, in March 2016. However, it wasn’t the final design of the vehicle and the interior of the car was not shown.
It’s likely Tesla will finally reveal more details about the car’s interior features at the upcoming event and make some small changes to the exterior.
Musk also said via Twitter Thursday that the company will reveal an electric semi-truck in September and its first pick-up truck in 18 to 24 months.
Musk has previously said that the Model 3 will have a range of at least 215 miles per charge and will be priced at $35,000 before tax incentives, making it a direct competitor with GM’s Chevy Bolt.
The demand for Tesla’s first affordable car has been impressive. So far, about 400,000 people have pre-ordered the vehicle, which is set to go into production during the second half of the year.
The strong response to the Model 3 has led the company to set some ambitious production targets.
Tesla aims to produce 500,000 cars per year by 2o18 and one million vehicles by 2020. To put that into perspective, Tesla only produced about 76,000 vehicles in 2016.
The Model 3, though, will be easier to produce than Tesla’s current vehicles, the Model S and X, which should help the company reach its lofty goals, Musk has said.
“Model 3 is just a smaller, more affordable version of Model S [with] less range & power & fewer features,” Musk said via Twitter in March. “Model S has more advanced technology.”
While that may be true, Musk has said that the Model 3 will also come equipped with Autopilot hardware that can be activated for a fee. What’s more, Musk has also said that the new car could also come with the option of a solar roof.