It appears that Elon Musk has finally made good with his promise to deliver battery-powered cars to the masses - as over the weekend, the very first Tesla Model 3 (Musk's own, actually) has just rolled out of production.  The electric car, which starts at $35,000USD (Australian prices TBC) is aimed dead straight at the luxury market, aiming to compete with models such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz 3 Class and Audi A4, for a lot less $$.

For the masses: Tesla has rolled out its first Model 3

No doubt you may have seen Tesla vehicles cruising around the streets by now, many owned by upscale hire car companies, the thing is, the Model X and Model S have been priced over $100,000, which means this is the first car of its standard to come in under six digits. And the demand is there. In the first six weeks within unveiling the Model 3, Tesla was hit with 373,000 orders with $1000 deposits.

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Never one to do things in halves, Musk has promised to ramp production up from a few cars a day to a crazy 20,000 cars a month by December, including the other models and ones to-come (an SUV, a ute and a long-haul truck are also on the way). To put that number into perspective, if this promise is fulfilled, it means that Tesla will build more electronic cars next year than all of the world's automakers combined in 2016 (for battery-powered cars, that is).

For the masses: Tesla has rolled out its first Model 3

For those interested in a sleek, sexy drive of 350km per charge and a jump from 0 to 100 in 5.6 seconds, with eventual "autopilot" features and a sleek, glass roof that stretches all the way from front-to-back, you can offer up  a deposit of $1500 to secure your spot in the queue. Just keep in mind there are several thousand Tesla employees who have first-dibs. 

For the masses: Tesla has rolled out its first Model 3