There’s no doubt that the Tesla Model 3 is one of the most anticipated electric cars of all time. Only by showing a prototype model, Tesla received a total of 400,000 preorders. That itself is worth more than $10 billion, and when you look at a company like Tesla, you can think of no other thing other than only innovation.
This is the mass-produced all-electric car that we’ve been all waiting for. Tesla started delivering the Model 3 on July 28th of 2017 and 30 orders were totally fulfilled on that day. Since then, production has been met with some problems, the reason for which the volume production is still behind schedule. Therefore, with this article, we hope to let you know everything there is to know about the Tesla Model 3.
Tesla Model 3 Pricing And Release Date
The base variant of the Model 3 will cost $35,000. That price is without factoring in the federal tax credit, which would be about $7,500. Customers also have the option to go for features like – bigger battery pack which would cost $9,000 extra, advanced Auto Pilot, 19-inch wheels and metallic paint colours. Tesla ensured that its employees would first get the preferential treatment, before handing over the car to the audience or customers.
It was $1.2 billion that was raised by Tesla to launch the Model 3, and the production started on July 7, 2017. But various production problems crippled the end product, and there were also issues with the Giga factory of Tesla producing batteries, in Nevada USA. Thus which was earlier poised to produce around 20,000 units by December 2017, the actual number up till March 2018 was 9,766 units. As of April 2018, there are about 14,000 units out on the roads. Delivery times are very long with the Model 3. Thus if you want to grab a unit, be sure to reserve one now, and you’ll get it before 2019 mostly – as said by CEO Elon Musk.
Tesla Model 3 Rumours
The current Model 3 is a rear wheel drive, single motor car. Tesla is planning to release a dual motor, all wheel drive variant on its 2nd year of production when it will reach 5,000 units per week production. Tesla will prioritize current owners of rear wheel drive variants if they want to upgrade to the more sophisticated all-wheel drive.
It is also rumoured that Tesla will also add an option for solar roof later in the timeline of this product and add a performance edition variant too. It is still not confirmed whether the solar roof will have a battery pack or AC up in the air. The performance variant will have a Ludicrous driving mode.
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Tesla Model 3 Specs
About numbers first – the base 50 kWh Model 3 can do 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.6 seconds, along with a driving range of 220 miles. The higher 70 kWh will do 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds though, with a travelling range of 310, which can also go up to 334 miles too. Apart from that, customers need to pay every time they supercharge their car into one of Tesla’s supercharger stations.
Talking about design, it hasn’t changed much than the other Tesla cars. It has a low hood, with a tall, arched roofline along with horizontal lights on the back with chrome trims. Five passengers can easily sit inside the car. The chrome trims also continue on the windows as well, and the car comes with 18 or 19-inch wheel options. You can unlock the car either by the Tesla App on your phone or use an NFC card as well.
Regarding the features of the car – it comes with a big 15-inch touchscreen inside the cabin that controls everything. There is auto dimming, dual climate control, voice control, WIFI connectivity, two USB ports on the front console, etc. There is also a premium $5,000 package that adds an audio system with subwoofers, adjustable front seats, tinted glass roof and much much more.
It will also come with a $5,000 option for advanced Autopilot that will add eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a forward radar.
Gone are the days when the BMW 3 series used to rule this price bracket. Now enter the Tesla Model 3 – a much better version that is future proof as well. The driving is fun and the whole system feels so easy to use and intuitive than any other gasoline car. The future is definitely there for Tesla to leap forward.