The most affordable EV yet
Tesla has finally unveiled the much-awaited Model 3. As expected, the new model is now more affordable yet still very versatile and attractive, while having the capacity to carry five passengers and a decent range per full charge.
To no surprise, the Model 3 received a first-day pre-order number of 115,000, thanks to its price tag of only $35,000, before incentives. Needless to say, a big number of Tesla fans are more than excited with the new car, forking out $1,000 each for the reservation fee. Deliveries start in 2017.
During the launch held on March 31, Elon Musk said the Model 3 will have a range of 344 kilometers per charge and promised the entry-level electric car will more than pass all the safety test categories there are. He added the Model 3 will have as standard the autonomous driving functionality.
The Model 3 seats five adults comfortably with Tesla engineers reducing the size of the instrument panel enabling them to move the front seats forward and give the rear passengers more legroom. The car’s roof is made of two large glass panes, giving the cabin a big airy feel and a bit of headroom.
While Musk talked about the Model 3’s performance, he said the base car will do zero to 100 kilometers per hour in less than six seconds, with versions that go “much faster.” Range will be at least 344 kilometers, but Tesla hopes to exceed those numbers with the final car. All Model 3 cars will include support for Tesla’s high-speed Supercharging network, which by the end of 2017, is expected to reach a total of 7,200 spread across the United States.
Like the Tesla Model S, the Model 3 will come in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, and a 15-inch landscape touchscreen inside. Autopilot hardware is standard, and all safety features will be active automatically.
Some 36 hours after the Model 3 was introduced, reservations for the have already breached the 276,000 mark.
Tesla plans to produce 500,000 units a year, including the new Model 3. With the new unit getting a big pre-order amount, the company is confident that they can ramp up both their California assembly plant as well as the Gigafactory lithium ion batter facility to meet the high demand.