This could be the final design of the EV.

Tesla’s affordable Model 3 was revealed earlier this year but we are still more than a year away from the vehicle’s official market launch. The company is apparently still testing the EV, as a prototype in matte black was filmed cruising in Palo Alto, near Tesla’s headquarters, escorted by two Model S vehicles.

We can’t spot any visual changes over the cars we’ve already seen on different occasions and most likely the Californian automaker is ready with the final design of the Model 3. Earlier this month Elon Musk announced that “almost all of the Model 3 design is done, and we're aiming for pencils down basically in six weeks” – and obviously everything goes on plan so far.

Speaking of the car’s schedule, Tesla already has nearly 400,000 reservations for the Model 3 and hopes it will produce as many as 200,000 of them next year. It’s quite optimistic taking into account key executives are leaving the company as it is getting ready to launch its new product, but the manufacturer plans to assemble about 500,000 vehicles in 2018.

When it hits the market, the Model 3 will carry a starting price of around $35,000 and will offer a pretty decent 0-60 miles per hour (0-97 kilometers per hour) acceleration in less than six seconds and up to 215 miles on a single charge. A model with Ludicrous Mode – already confirmed for production, is expected to go much quicker.

Source: Jeff Klakring via Electrek