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The new Tesla Model 3 is an entirely electric semi-autonomous auto made to be the accessible and groundbreaking.

Tesla CTO JB Straubel, who also leads battery technology at the company, confirmed that Model 3 battery cell production started in June and the company aims to reach an annual production rate of 35 GWh next year.

The same can also be said for the almost 500,000 people around the world who have placed a $1,000 reservation deposit for the vehicle.

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Elon Musk has confessed on Twitter to living a life of "unrelenting stress".

However, some analysts still question Tesla's ability to ramp up from producing around 80,000 cars in the past year to 250,000 in the next 12 months. The compact Model 3 may not entice a global market that's increasingly shifting to SUVs, including all-electric SUVs from Audi and others going on sale soon. However, production of right-hand-drive models won't begin until 2019. In the end, both Tesla and Panasonic will have to make money off the Model 3 for it to be considered a success. The Model 3 is more than 400kg lighter than the Model S, so it could become the brand's quickest auto. That price also means the Model 3 will enjoy more sales in other regions of the world including Asia, which has largely been left out of the high-end electric vehicle craze. Murdoch and Rice earlier this month had been brought to the board as a compromise by Musk following shareholder pressure to have a more balanced perspective not beholden to Tesla management.

The pricing for the Model 3 will vary over its base, depending on the features one adds.

Until now, Tesla has operated as a niche producer of luxury electric vehicles, with a charismatic, showman CEO who regularly interacts with fans on his Twitter account.

The photos show a large shipment of unmounted robots that will form part of the ambitious production line.

'With years of experience, we are the master in the design of flexible and efficient production processes'.

Potential customers could lose faith if Tesla doesn't meet its aggressive production schedule, or if the cars have quality problems that strain Tesla's small service network.

It also plans to double the number of fast-charging Supercharger stations to 10,000.

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