Tesla Model 3
Elon Musk has been known to make big claims in the past but time and again, he has lived up to those claims. Once again, it seems that he may have invented the car of the future, in the shape of the Tesla Model 3. The Tesla Model 3 is different than the other flagship models which are known for their driving power and speed. It focuses on practicality rather than extravagance.
It does not in any way mean that the Model 3 lacks power. It can still go from zero to 60 mph in an impressive 5.1 seconds and go up to 310 miles on a single charge in the upgraded version.
Another interesting feature is that the car does not have a key or a key fob. The car unlocks automatically as you approach by syncing to your phone via Bluetooth. It also has a thin key card in case you phone runs out of charge. The thin key card can be kept in the wallet and you can swipe it on the car’s B pillar to unlock the vehicle and it can be placed on the center console to turn on the car.
Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla’s chief designer responsible for the Models S, X, and 3, was asked about his favorite design elements in the new model. Rather than talking about the curves and angles, or the efficient use of space or any of the design accomplishments, he chose to talk about the “Ambience of the car”.
He went on to add “beautiful, clean, minimalistic interior that will let you focus on the driving. The interior is nothing like any other car out there. It’s incredibly advanced” and “will age gracefully.”
The model 3 has a base price of $35,000 and according to Musk; there have already been more than 500,000 pre-orders, each with a $1,000 deposit. The new model has two options of battery types: standard and long range. Tesla has not disclosed the size of the battery packs and claims that their vehicles will not be identified by kilowatt hours alone, but by the miles they can drive on a charge. The exterior of the basic $35,000 model will be no different than the fully loaded $57,000 version.
Some of the concerns being raised are that Tesla is still being stingy on all the details regarding the new model but the people who deposited $1,000 for the basic model will see the price go up. People obviously want the car with the autopilot which costs an extra $5,000 and if you want any color other than black, that’s another $1,000. The long range version has the bigger battery which costs an extra $9,000. This brings the total up to $50,000. The model 3 is not exactly a luxury car but the price says otherwise.
Despite this fact, this is a make or break moment for Tesla. With half a million orders already, they will have to boost up production. We will just have to wait and find out when the cars become widely available to see if the cost is justified.