Everyday Electric: The Tesla Model 3
Published April 2, 2016
Tesla has been the driving force behind the electric revolution since the production of the Tesla Roadster back in 2008. Gradually changing the world’s mind about the future of electric vehicles and pushing the technology further every year. With the sales success of the Model S and the recent production of the Model X SUV, Tesla is primed to take over the world with electric tech. Throughout their history they have been missing one key component to world domination, an affordable electric for the masses. The recently unveiled Tesla Model 3 aims to fill that gap and push electric vehicle sales through the stratosphere.
Many have been eager to see just how far a mass produced, affordable electric car can go. With Tesla’s go big or go home strategy they didn’t want to settle with the bare minimum. Touting a minimum range of 215 miles the Model 3 delivers to reduce the anxiety faced with the commuter only Nissan Leaf. While upgrades will be available, the base Model 3 is said to have a 0-60 mph time of under 6 seconds. As Elon Musk said at the unveiling “Tesla doesn’t make slow cars”. Rounding out the performance and range, the Model 3 comes standard with autopilot features, supercharging, comfortable seating for five and a 5-star crash rating in all categories. All this packed into a car with a starting price of $35,000; it’s no wonder over 115,000 people had preordered the car within 24 hours of the launch. (Current reports state over 180,000 pre-orders worldwide)
To seat five adults comfortably, the location where a firewall would normally be was pushed forward supplying ample legroom for all. Rear headroom was improved by making the rear window and roof section one continuous pane of glass which according to Musk “gives amazing headroom and a feeling of openness”. The rest of the interior is very modern and clean with the only visual cue beside the steering wheel being a large center screen. There aren’t even any gauges or dials for the driver to look at. Both front and rear trunks offer a plethora of cargo space and Elon states a 7 foot surfboard could be fit inside the car. The exterior styling compliments the interior with smooth, clean lines. Not needing a radiator or airflow to an engine, the Model 3 doesn’t even have a front grille.
On paper it seems Tesla has done the impossible. They have come up with an affordable, long range, electric car that can be mass produced thanks to their gargantuan gigafactory. According to Elon Musk, “you will not be able to buy a better car for $35,000 or even close even with no options”. However, we will need to wait until the end of next year to see any of these on the road. Will this be an evolutionary step in the advancement of electric cars? Only time can answer that, but with a capacity to build half a million cars a year and the doubling of supercharging stations next year; Tesla is ready to take the reins from the combustion engine.
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