- Make: Tesla
- Model: Model 3
- First available: June 2017
- Electric/Hybrid: Electric
- Seats: 5
- Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 5.6s
- Range: 220 miles
Range & Battery
Home Charger with 240V/32A: 30 miles per hour of charge
Supercharger: 130 miles with a 30-minute charge
LONG RANGE MODEL:
Home Charger with 240V/40A: 37 miles per hour of charge
Supercharger: 170 miles with a 30-minute charge
Innovation & Self-driving
Model 3 has 8 cameras, 12 sensors, and forward-facing radar to support Autopilot system (same package as Models S & X)
ACCESS TO CAR:
No key fob; access is by smartphone app or a programmable key card with valet mode option
Additional Info from July 28th Handoff Event
LONG RANGE MODEL
- Price: $44,000
- Range: 310 miles
- Acceleration 0-60 mph: 5.1 sec.
- Top Speed: 140
DUAL-MOTOR ALL-WHEEL DRIVE MODEL
Available with both standard and long range models. Price not yet announced
STANDARD CHARGING ACCESSORIES INCLUDED:
- 240 volt NEMA 14-50 adapter
- 120 volt NEMA 5-15 adapter
- J1772 public charging adapter
- 20 foot mobile connector with storage bag
4 years/50,000 miles
Battery Warranty: Standard Model 8 years/100,000 miles; Long Range Model 8 years/120,000 miles
SELECTED OPTIONAL UPGRADES
Complete Specs HERE
19” wheels – $1,500
Exterior paint finish (no charge for black, choice of 5 optional other colors +$1,000)
Premium Interior Package – $5,000
- Premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout, including open pore wood décor and two rear USBs
- 12-way, power adjustable front seats, steering column and side mirrors, with custom driver profiles
- Premium audio system with more power, tweeters, surround speakers and subwoofer
- Tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection
- Auto dimming, power folding, heated side mirrors
- LED fog lamps
- Center console with covered storage and docking for two smartphones
Enhanced Autopilot – $5,000
- Includes semi-autonomous lane keeping, lane changing, adaptive cruise control, transitioning from one freeway to another, exiting the freeway, and self-parking at your destination
- Additional features to be added in future through over-the-air updates
Full Autonomy Option – $3,000 (not available at this time)
Tesla 3 price with every current option will be $59,500, higher when all-wheel drive option is priced and added
Production and estimated Delivery dates
50 cars have been produced, all long range models; 30 were delivered at event to selected Tesla employee owners, and the other 20 will be used for validation testing, so none of these are really out in the world yet. They will all essentially be early production test cars, which makes sense at this early stage. They need to catch any issues early, before they ramp up production to 10,000 cars per week next year!
Long range model will be produced first – standard model will follow in 2-3 months
FUTURE MODEL 3 PRODUCTION PLANS:
- 100 in August
- 1,500+ in September
- Monthly production rate of 20,000 cars by the end of 2017.
LATEST ESTIMATE OF NUMBER OF RESERVATIONS: 500,000+
ESTIMATED DELIVERY DATES (for reservation placed on earliest possible date of March 31, 2016):
Long Range Model with rear-wheel drive, $49,000: Nov. 2017 to Jan. 2018
Standard Model with rear-wheel drive, $35,000: Jan. 2018 to Mar. 2018
Both Models with dual-motor all-wheel drive: Sep. 2018 to Nov. 2018
Reservations made now will see delivery in late 2018
The All-New Tesla 3 Model revealed
Extended e-car range with new battery
The innovation that’s going into the model 3, has been made possible from all the learnings and cashflow made available through all the previous Teslas sold. This is the car they’ve been waiting to put their focus into.
The most important new advancement in the Model 3 has been the batteries. The Model 3 will feature Tesla’s 3rd generation of battery packs. Or in other words, the most advanced batteries in the world.
These are the most energy dense batteries yet, so they hold more charge at less weight, giving you a 345km range. On top of that, every Model 3 will be equipped to work with superchargers.
A Car of The Future: Smart and Minimalistic
The whole car is a bit shorter and narrower, much like any other standard city car. This makes for easier manoeuvring in city traffic, and with a low centre of gravity. It handles well.
Inside the car it’s another story. The interior is actually quite spacious. It fits 5 people comfortably with a generous amount of leg room.
The futuristic glass panel roof on top allows for natural sunlight and also gives you more headroom. There is storage space available in both the front and back.
Tesla has gone for a very minimalistic interior. The car is going to feature one 15′ landscape touchscreen display that provides an unobstructed view.
The only catch is that in trying to make things simpler, they have removed the display in front of the steering wheel. That is, the instrument cluster which displays the speed, range, energy consumption and direction. Like the one currently available on the Model S.
Some drivers do find this slightly unnatural, having to look to the right to view their speed for instance. But all we know for sure is that, the design isn’t finalised yet. Tesla may have plans to include a Heads Up Display. We’ll have to wait and see.
How Does The Tesla Model 3 Drive?
Pretty well – it’s a decently fast road car. The Model 3 will do 0-100km an hour in under 6s. It comes rear wheel drive as standard, but for a little more punch. You can get front motors as an add-on, to make it All-Wheel Drive and a lot faster. Not to mention ludicrous mode.
Complete self-driving capabilities will be available on every Model 3. This even includes safety features such as automatic braking which prevents accidents. The Model 3 will be one of the safest cars of its time, with a 5-Star safety rating in every category.
It’ll come in multiple versions, but the base model packs quite a lot by itself. And the price? $35,000 only.
Big Plans For The Future
This is really a Tesla for the masses. In fact, even before people saw the car. There were 134,000 reservations in the first 24 hours! How’s that for demand?
Tesla’s goal with the Model 3 is to really get people excited about switching to electric power, and in all honesty. It could. Elon Musk truly believes no other car in this price range will be as good as the Model 3.
To cope with the surge of Teslas on the road. You can expect double the number of superchargers, and quadruple the number of destination chargers worldwide in 2017.
Superchargers are by far the fastest way to charge your Tesla, allowing you refill up to 80% charge (270km range based on the Model S) in 30mins. They’re dotted around every country where Teslas are popular, and are discoverable on the touchscreen, internet connected display in the car.
Though one caveat is that, it seems unlikely that supercharger access will be free of charge for the Model 3.
Other than that, you can simply connect your Tesla to any place that has an electrical outlet. Whether that be with a wall connector at home, or destination chargers in hotels and restaurants. You can get about an extra 150km in 3 hours.
Tesla Takes Steps Toward Servicing Mass Quantities Of Its Model 3
Report based on Reuters article published July 11th 2017.
Tesla will be increasing its service presence so that it will be better able to handle any after-sales issues arising from the accelerated rollout of its new Model 3, according to a story from Reuters.
By expanding its number of auto service centers from 100 locations to 250, adding 1,400 more technicians, and adding a fleet of 350 mobile service vans, Tesla expects to be able to support the immediate effects of putting 20,000 Model 3s on the streets each month, once it ramps up to full production this December.
This service capacity expansion will continue on an ongoing basis, as the Model 3 fleet gets larger and larger. The most recently announced number of Model 3 reservations was 373,000, as of April 2016.
Tesla believes that these steps will be sufficient to manage the service needs of their new Model 3. It is a much simpler design than its upscale siblings. There are no complicated falcon wing doors like those that caused problems on the Model X. According to Tesla, the vast majority of its cars’ service needs do not need a lift, so a single mobile technician can handle most problems in under an hour. Using the cars’ onboard wireless capabilities also speeds diagnostic and servicing efficiencies.
It will be essential for Tesla to get the Model 3 launch, ongoing production, and after-sales servicing right. The transition from a luxury manufacturer to a mass-market competitor puts Tesla directly up against GM and other established car companies. Not only will the American public be watching, but also Wall Street, which has placed a value on Tesla that has exceeded that of any other automaker.
The next event in the Model 3 launch cycle will be the party held for the owners of the next 30 finished vehicles. This follows the release the first Model 3 on July 8, which now belongs to Elon Musk. The party will take place at the Tesla factory on July 28.
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