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The long wait for Tesla fans is finally over.

The American brand of electric cars has opened sales of its most economical model to local buyers.

Australians can now configure and order their 3 models online.

Tesla's Australian website claims that orders placed now will be delivered in August, but buyers who have deposited their $ 1500 deposit over three years will have first priorities, which means new customers will most likely wait longer to long.

Initially, only two versions will be available.

Prices start at $ 66,000 (before the roads) for the Standard Range Plus version and $ 85,000 for the Performance. Everyone compares favorably with key rivals.

The entry price is on par with the new Hyundai Kona Electric SUV and slightly more than a BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class base.

But the standard series car exceeds its competitors in terms of performance and technology. It has a declared range of 460 km and a maximum speed of 225 km, falling from rest to 100 km / h in just 5.6 seconds.

The Performance version has a range of 560 km and exceeds 261 km / h. It is in the supercar territory with 0-100km / h in just 3.4 seconds, and blows its perceived rivals the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 away.

The next model 3 gets the assisted driving technology of the brand's autopilot, which includes autonomous emergency braking, collision and warning of blind spots and lane keeping.

For $ 7100, buyers can add the controversial "Full Self-Driving Capability", which for now includes automatic lane change and automatic parking – the brand sells the technology on its potential for autonomous driving on motorways.

All versions are equipped with a 15-inch central giant touchscreen that houses the digital tools of the car and controls navigation, climate and infotainment.

The introduction of the cheaper Model 3 is timely, as the Australian market is preparing for the production of electric cars in the next 18 months.

Hyundai has launched two: the small Ioniq car and the Kona compact SUV.

Luxury manufacturers Audi and Mercedes-Benz will enter the market next year to compete with Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X SUVs.

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