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What’s with that steering wheel? Is Autopilot standard? How about supercharging? If I reserve now, will I get that tax credit? I’ll attempt to answer all of those questions and more about the Tesla Model 3.
Everything we know about the Model 3 turns out to be not that much. Besides the basic specs, features, and price there is still a lot we don’t know. I’ll also share some predictions about some options that I think we’ll see when this vehicle hit production.
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2017 Tesla Model 3: This Is It
Tesla’s long-awaited ,000 electric car makes its official debut.
Elon Musk introduced the Tesla Model 3 to a packed audience tonight. At Tesla’s design headquarters in Hawthorne, California, we got to see for the very first time Tesla’s ambitious plan to bring affordable electric cars to the masses.
Musk’s keynote began with a dig at the traditional fossil fuel-powered vehicle. “If a vehicle is spewing toxic gas, that’s obviously going to be bad for your health,” he said, in front of a screen splashed with dire stats about rising global temperatures.
The CEO then went into a condensed Tesla history lesson. Highlighting the original Roadster, Musk claimed that this first Tesla inspired Bob Lutz to embark on the project that became the Chevy Bolt at GM. Next was the Model S, built “to compete with conventional cars.” The Model S got a big cheer, especially from one (assumed) owner in the crowd who brought—you guessed it—a full-size green lightsaber to punctuate his shouts. The Model X, which has only just begun hitting the streets, got less of an applause.
“The Model S and Model X are what pay for the Model 3 development,” Musk remarked. “To all of you who bought an S or X, thank you,” he quipped.
Then, of course, we got to the whole point of the night: The Model 3.
“The Model 3 is going to be an incredibly safe car,” Musk said, promising a 5-star crash rating in every category. It’ll be quick, too: Even the base Model 3 will do 0-60 miles per hour in under 6 seconds. “At Tesla, we don’t make slow cars,” Musk said. Of course, there will be versions that go much faster.
As for range: Musk says the Model 3 will do “at least” 215 miles per charge, per EPA rating. “These are minimal numbers,” he said. “We hope to exceed them.”
All Model 3s will have the full Autopilot hardware suite, and every car, including the base models, will have Autopilot’s safety and crash mitigation features standard.
The mid-size sedan will fit five adults comfortably, Musk says. Adding to the roomy feel will be a large rear window that wraps up and onto the roof, similar to the Model X windshield. The Model 3 will also have what Musk claims is the most cargo capacity of the category, with Tesla’s trademark front and rear trunks. And yes, your Model 3 will fit a 7-foot surfboard.
As for freedom of travel? Musk says every Model 3 will include lifetime free Supercharger charging at the 3600 Tesla charging stations worldwide—a number set to double in the next year. “You’ll be able to go virtually anywhere,” Musk says; the Model 3’s onboard charging system will be able to adapt to the power conventions anywhere in the world.
Of course, the Model 3’s huge sales targets require expanded production capability. Tesla’s current Fremont plant is capable of cranking out up to 500,000 cars a year, Musk says. Batteries are another matter: “We basically need to absorb all the lithium ion production in the world,” Musk says.
That’s where the Gigafactory comes in. “It will have the largest footprint of any building in the world,” Musk says, claiming the plant will produce more lithium ion batteries than all other factories in the world, combined. Musk claims the Gigafactory is already operational today.
Deliveries for the Model 3 begin at the end of 2017. “I do feel fairly confident that it will be next year,” Musk said, a sidelong reference to Tesla’s many delays in past product launches. The price? ,000. “Even if you get no options, this will be the best car you can buy,” Musk said.
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