It's finally here! Tesla just unveiled the Model 3 electric sedan, the first affordable electric car for the masses. With a price tag starting at $35,000 (before tax incentives) and a driving range of 215 miles, the Model 3 solves many of the issues that have prevented car buyers from switching to an electric vehicle - and thousands of people have already placed their orders.
As expected, the Model 3 takes many of its styling cues from Tesla’s other electric vehicles – the Model S and Model X. While the Model X shares many of its parts with the Model S, the Model 3 is based on an entirely different platform. This means the Model 3 has a smaller battery pack and powertrain. The cells in the Model 3 have more energy than the Model S and Model X, which is why the Model 3 is expected to have a driving range of 215 miles compared to the earlier 200 mile estimate. Since we still have to wait at least a year and a half until production starts, there’s a chance that the production model could have an even longer driving range.
While the Model S has the ability to keep up with the world’s best supercars, the Model 3 will be a bit more tame with the base model being able to reach 60 mph in less than six seconds. Tesla will release other versions, which hopefully will include a “ludicrous” driving mode that will lower that 0-60 mph time. And Tesla owners will no longer have to deal with range anxiety, as Elon Musk announced they are doubling the number of superchargers worldwide and quadrupling the number of destination chargers. All Tesla 3 vehicles will come equipped with supercharging capability as a standard feature.
Production of the Model 3 is expected to kick off by the end of 2017, although if anyone remembers the launches of the Model S and Model X – Tesla could hit production delays. Elon Musk said he’s “fairly confident” that Tesla will meet its production goal. If you want to get your hands on the first batch of Model 3s that do come off the line, Tesla is now taking reservations. In the last 24 hours, the company has already received over 115,000 orders. The first deliveries will be to customers in Australia, Canada and California. Existing Tesla owners will be given priority.