Founded in 2003, Tesla Motors is the epitome of innovation. Rapidly growing in reputation around the world, Tesla cars come with sensational torque, power and zero emissions. Inspired by the genius Nikola Tesla, the company never stops aspiring to reach its goal of transitioning the world to sustainable, electric vehicles. On March 31st, 2016 the Tesla Model 3 was revealed as the company’s first affordable vehicle design.
Speculation on the Specs
These are still somewhat unverified. However, Tesla CEO and Founder Elon Musk confirmed that the Model 3 houses a single motor powertrain and the Supercharger hardware that makes Tesla cars so exceptional. Musk also stated that a single charge will last about 215 miles or better. Compare that to the average EPA of 90 miles per charge for current electric vehicles and already you can see the potential.
A Model S runs around $75,000.00; so it is no wonder why Tesla has been avidly working towards the fabrication of budget-friendly option. The Model 3 is projected to cost $35,000. Pre-orders are available at starting deposits of $1,000, beginning March 31st, 2016. On the Monday that followed this momentous unveiling, more than 325,000 people had already made their refundable deposits. For the curious, that is over $14 billion in future sales.
The company plans to produce more than 500,000 Model 3 cars by the year 2020. You might think that seems slightly outrageous, but Tesla is serious. In a Bloomberg report from March 14, 2016, the Tesla Factory in California has expanded and revamped their entire factory in preparation for production. For example, a new paint shop was installed that can handle up to 500,000 cars in a single year.
The Model 3 will leave scorch marks. Aaron Gold from Auto Express had the chance to take a test drive in a Tesla Model 3 prototype. The car he sampled had a dual-motor AWD system that was higher grade than what would come standard. Gold summarizes his adventure as, “The Model 3 leapt to an indicated 60mph in what felt like around four and half seconds, with the torquey, jet-like acceleration typical of electric cars.”
The inside is supposedly very stark. Though Musk hinted that after more testing, changes will be made to the interior design. That said, a similarity to the Model S and X is the dashboard’s touch screen. However, the Model 3’s screen is horizontally-oriented. The presence of the touchscreen means that the Model 3 will have auto-pilot capabilities—a purchasable customization. Safety features, such as the collision mitigation feature, will be enabled by default.
Tesla’s Model 3 has a roof that redefines “panoramic.” Unlike usual cars with a secondary sunroof, the Model 3’s rear window, rooftop, and windshield are a single unit. Not only does this eliminate visual hindrances, it creates tremendous headroom. However, since the rear window and roof blend together, there is no hatch for cargo access. Thus, the trunk lid is extremely small. Musk has not yet detailed how this might change in production.
Although many people are earnestly awaiting the release of the Tesla Model 3, production may not start until late 2017. Elon Musk stated that he is confident about the production’s commencement, but the true start might actually be 2018. While there will be changes made to the Model 3, the anticipation is well deserved. 2017 cannot come soon enough.