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Model 3 sighting in Grand Junction, CO, 7/21/2017

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by CBreaux, Jul 21, 2017.

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  1. CBreaux

    CBreaux New Member

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    Robbie and I had been away from our home outside of Grand Junction, Colorado, for a few days, and were a bit low on miles in our Model X. We stopped at the SuperCharger at Mesa Mall late this afternoon to add a few miles while we got coffee at Starbucks, as it would be a while yet before we made it home to charge there. When we arrived, there was a covered vehicle charging there that was smaller than a Model S. We talked to the young man who was standing behind the car working on a laptop computer on the trunk. He said it was indeed a Model 3. He was doing highway testing. He had started a couple of days ago in Fremont and was planning to be in Denver tonight. We got a couple of photos of the covered car. When we returned, he was preparing to leave, so we took a few more photos of him uncovering the car and departing. It was a nice silver color with black or dark grey wheels. I did not want to be rude and try to get photos of the interior. You can see the photos we took in our Google Photos album here:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ok7P2ypTyVi9H9h22
    [John Sergeant, let me know, if you can, how I can share these with the broader Tesla community.]

    I asked him if he missed having an instrument cluster in front of him behind the steering wheel. He said you quickly get used to not having one there, only the touchscreen tablet to the right. He noted that it was especially helpful at night not having the glare of the instrument cluster right in front of him, so he could concentrate on the road, and he felt his night vision was better. He was also quite excited about the 7/28 event where the first 30 production vehicles would be given out.

    Before he left, we told him to give our regards to Elon when he got back to Fremont.

    Chuck

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    Great first post and thanks for sharing the photos and the conversation you had with the Tesla driver. Hopefully, his comments about the display will help allay some of the concerns some people have expressed.
     
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    As a Denver reservation holder, its always exciting hear about Model 3 sightings in Colorado. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    @CBreaux thanks for your post and for your thoughtful consideration of the Tesla employee's wishes. Very interesting comments from that employee about the center display and night driving.
     
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    As a diehard Broncos fan I love all CO topics.

    Great post and awesome pictures. The one with the guy unwrapping the car gives a great idea of scale.
     
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    Intrigued on what kind of testing they would be doing at this late in the game. Wonder if they are trying to get miles on for the Autopilot hardware.
     
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    Possible software tweaks for the motor or whatever else
     
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    Air intake on the front of car cover so the thermal management system can ramp up while supercharging... Nice.
     
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    :pI guess we know what one of the items in the Model 3 store will be.
     
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    Hopefully, it won't be $400 like the one for the S! Otherwise, may have to see what EVAnnex comes up with.
     

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