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Calgarians line up to reserve latest Tesla electric car

Model 3 won't be out until late next year

Ismael Remos takes a look at the Tesla Model S in the company’s Chinook Mall outlet after he placed a down payment on the Model 3 Thursday morning.

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Ismael Remos takes a look at the Tesla Model S in the company’s Chinook Mall outlet after he placed a down payment on the Model 3 Thursday morning.

More and more Calgarians are charged up about the idea of electric cars.

Daljinder Johal likes the idea so much, he placed down payments on two Tesla Model 3’s on Thursday morning at the Chinook Mall dealership.

He said he currently drives a Nissan Pathfinder, but he likes the idea of zipping past the gas station.

“It seems to be more economical on fuel,” said Johal. “For our family, it’s a good car.”

Tesla’s Model 3 was set to be unveiled on Thursday night, but the company started taking down payments in the morning.

Priced at $35,000, the Model 3 is meant to help the company move from the luxury market and reach the average car buyer.

That’s US dollars, of course. Drivers will pay a bit more in Canada, but it brings Tesla out of the niche market and into the range of high-end family cars.

That’s probably why dozens of Calgarians were lined up at the Tesla shop on Thursday morning to get their name on the list.

Ekke Kok said he’s convinced that electric cars will be the way of the future.

“I took a model S for a test drive a few months ago and I was smitten,” he said.

He took a day off work to make sure he could make a down payment and get on the list.

The cars won’t be available until late 2017 or early 2018, so those higher up on the list will take delivery first.

Ismael Remos said he likes the car’s performance. He’s driven a Model S and he hopes the Model 3 will come close.

“For me it’s the torque and there’s no gears,” he said. “You just punch it. You think of passing someone and you’re there.”

Until he takes delivery sometime next year, he’ll continue to drive his Ford Mustang.

The only question now is what colour he’ll get his in.

“I’m thinking probably red,” he said gesturing to the Model S in the showroom.  “It looks fantastic.”

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