The 2017 Tesla Model 3 Sedan: What to Know
From its inception, Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk has maintained his company’s goal of driving the world toward more sustainable forms of transportation. Last night, on March 31st, the California automaker took its largest step yet in achieving that goal with the official unveiling of its mass market Model 3 sedan, at least, in prototype form. The prompt has admittedly been known for years. The Tesla Model 3 had aimed for a range of 200 miles on a charge and a sale price of $35,000. But does it deliver on those claims? Following last night’s reveal, the answer would appear to be a big “yes.” Take a look below for the major details revealed during the event. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2017 Tesla Model 3 Sedan
Range and Charging
Musk announced the new Model 3 will beat its prior efficiency estimates with an expected EPA rated driving range of 215 miles per charge, a number he suggested was also a conservative goal too. The Model 3 makes use of Tesla’s most advanced lithium-ion battery cells yet, which are in production at the company’s massive Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada.
All Tesla Model 3 sedans will also come standard equipped to use Tesla’s growing network of fast-charging Supercharger stations, of which 3,608 exist worldwide (expected to double by the end of 2017).
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"At Tesla, we don't make slow cars,” asserts Musk, followed by a round of applause from the crowd. The Tesla boss did not go into specifics about the Model 3’s batteries, their capacity, or even the car’s electric motor arrangement. However, he did note that even the base Model 3 will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under six seconds. “And of course, there will be versions of the Model 3 that go much faster,” he added.
Safety and Autonomy
This really comes as no surprise, but Musk affirms the Model 3 will achieve a 5-star crash safety rating in all testing categories. Further, regardless of whether you order a no-option or a highly-optioned Model 3, Musk says that every car will come fitted with Autopilot autonomous driving hardware as standard.
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The 2017 Tesla Model 3 arrives as a clear evolution of both the Model S and Model X. Its shape is attractive overall with its most prominent features being its near slab-sided front fascia and glass canopy rear window, which extends far into the roof. Inside, the Model 3 packs enough space to “comfortably” seat five adults, a function achieved by pushing the dashboard as far forward as possible. Got stuff to store? The car features front and rear trunk storage space.
So far our view inside has been restricted to just a few glimpses from the livestream camera, but the shots do reveal a minimalist interior with a large “floating” touch-screen control panel protruding from the dash. Bear in mind, it is still technically a prototype.
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As promised, the Tesla Model 3 will retail for $35,000 before federal EV incentives are factored in. It is crucial that Tesla hit its price point not only because it’s a figure that many buyers find palatable, but also because the $7,500 federal incentives for Tesla vehicles are expected to dry up in the coming years, as the automaker surges toward 200,000 US sales (the federal program’s phase-out point).
Deliveries are slated to begin toward the end of 2017, and in a previous announcement, Tesla noted the rollout starts with buyers on the US west coast before going east, followed by deliveries to Europe, Asia Pacific markets, and right-hand drive markets. The company is currently taking reservations.
Beyond that, the world is still in the dark regarding many of the Model 3’s finer points. That said, it hasn’t had an effect on pre-orders. Musk revealed at the event that over 115,000 reservations had been placed for the new EV sedan, all in the span of under 24 hours. Looking to reserve your own? Tesla asks $1,000 to reserve its Model 3, and you can do that right here.
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