DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors is jumping into the mainstream with its newest car, the Model 3.READ MORE: Hallsville Hunter Accidently Shoots, Kills Own Daughter
Tesla plans to unveil the car Thursday night in Los Angeles. It’s expected to go on sale at the end of 2017.
With a starting price of $35,000 — before government incentives — the Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla’s previous models.READ MORE: TCU Officially Hires SMU's Sonny Dykes As New Coach
The car is expected to have a range of at least 200 miles when fully charged, about double what drivers get from competitors like the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.
The Model 3 is the most serious test yet of 13-year-old Tesla’s ability to go from a niche player to a full-fledged automaker.
The new car is critical to Tesla’s plan to increase sales and finally make a full-year profit.
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