The 2017 Tesla Model 3 should become widely known as Tesla’s mainstream vehicle. It will be 20% smaller than the Model S and is an essential project for the company since it wishes to make its electric vehicles more affordable for a much wider range of customers.
The original name was to be “Tesla Model E” but after a dispute with Ford it was decided that called “Model 3”. Tesla wants to show the international market that they can produce vehicles that can reach a genuinely mainstream audience. Clearly, Tesla is thinking intensely about this aspect of the marketplace with the upcoming release.
Elon Musk, one of Tesla’s senior analysts, confirmed features included in this vehicle such as a large touchscreen display and a raft of driver-assist features.
The physical design of the vehicle is also confirmed to be top-notch, as Tesla has been associated with this quality from the very beginning. This will also be a crucial feature of the vehicle if it is to compete against gasoline-powered cars.
Engine and performance
At the event where Tesla model 3 2017 was announced, Musk stated that the vehicle will be able to travel at least 200 miles (320 km) on a single charge in normal driving conditions, which is a base expectation. Expected power of lithium-ion batteries that will power a car is 65 kw / h and enable the anticipated range of the vehicle.
Some expect that the Model 3 will deliver the same performance level as the Model S, which is unreasonable considering the fact that it will be released at half of the price. However, Musk stated that he expects it to deliver a cohesive experience, which will make this vehicle stand out from the competition at the lower price point.
Price and release date
The company is aiming to reveal the Model 3 in March next year. Musk has announced the target date during the call with Tesla investors. Of course, the date is still tentative and plans are likely to change in the following months.
Production of the Tesla Model III would start in mid or late 2017, the latter being more realistic. According to analysts of electric car sector, Tesla 3 is targeting a price around $35,000 (31,000 Euros).
During the call, Musk told the investors that Tesla is currently in the process of validating the Model X, which will involve millions of miles of travel testing being completed.
Rumor has it among the analyst community that this will further delay the potential release date of the vehicle.
Tesla began to receive orders for the Model 3, the starting price is $ 35,000, but the price will go up to $ 42,000 for most models. Tesla Model 3 will be delivered to first customers in the second part of 2017.