After several pre-production cars for the first time I met a Model 3 production car in the wild. And I was able to take pictures. The white car was spotted on August 6th, 2017 still without a license plate with four passengers on northbound Highway 101 approximately five miles south of San Jose.
In California car are allowed to drive without a license plate, when they are new. The DMV usually sends the license plates within two weeks, but the cars have to have the license plates then attached within six months.
After the handover of the first 30 cars to customers – which so far have been synonymous with Tesla-employees – on July 28th 2017, it’s only natural that those owners are still waiting for their license plates.
It was not clear whether it was Standard or Long-Range-vehicle.
This article has also been published in German.