With half a million orders for the $35,000, 350km-range vehicle, the upstart carmaker faces its biggest test

Tesla boss Elon Musk has handed over the first of what he hopes will be a mass-market electric car to employee buyers,setting the stage for the biggest test yet of the company’s plans to revolutionise the auto industry. .

Outside Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California on Friday night, Musk showed off the $35,000 Model 3 which has a range of 220 miles (350 km) on a charge that marks a departure from the company’s earlier luxury electric cars.

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