In 2006, the ceo of Tesla, Elon Musk, on the site of the company has released the “extremely secret plan” according to which the company, among other models, plans and such that will be accessible (especially in terms of price) for the broader market.
Tesla Model 3 is exactly that model, which joins the existing Model S exclusive limo and SUV, the Model X, which was finally launched in the presence of the employees and several customers of a special event held before the factory of Tesla in Fremont, California, where the 30 buyers are uploaded onto the cars (from a total of 50 produced so far).
The two basic versions of the Model 3 will be offered immediately after the launch, and it will be the default, and the model with a larger range. The default will cost around 30 000 euros and there will be a range of 355 km with a single charge of the battery, acceleration from 0-100 km/h for 5.6 seconds, and a maximum speed of 210 km/h, while the “Long Range“ version will cost around 37 500€, there will be a range of 500 km, acceleration from 0-100 km/h for 5.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 225 km/h.
These prices will put the Tesla Model 3 in direct competition with the BMW 320 d, Audi A4, Jaguar XE and Mercedes C-Class, so he will be even more competitive in relation to other fully electric cars, and Plug-in hybrid.
Most of the buyers will have to wait until 2018-ta to get their Model 3 car, because the list of waiting now for the time being there are about 400 000 people, and according to the Elon, the company plans to produce around 100 vehicles in August, 1500 in September, and by the end of the year are planned up to 20 000 vehicles per month.
Tesla Model 3 is slightly wider and longer than BMW 3 Series, with a length of 4694 mm, the width of the 1849 mm, the amount of 1443 mm, and between-axis distance from the 2875 mm, to maximise space in the interior. The weight is 1610 kg which is great considering the heavy batteries, particularly in comparison with the BMW 3 Series models that weigh 1475 kg.
The weight is distributed 47% to the front axle and 53% to the rear wheels, where it is motion. All the Model 3 will be with the propulsion of the rear wheels, but in the future it is planned and 4×4 version with 2 engines.
The interior it is smaller than that of the Model S and Model X, has two trunks (front and back), with a total space of 425 liters.
All Model 3 cars will come with the basic specifications that include 18-inch alloy rims, 15.4 inch infotainment screen, dual-zone climate control, Wi-Fi internet connectivity, entry into the car without a key (with a smart phone or a card similar to the credit), controls activated by voice, as well as full sensors necessary for autonomous driving.
These specifications will be able to upgrade with the Premium package which will cost around 4250 euros, and will include better quality materials in the cabin, front seats with electric setting of the 12 ways, stereo system with 12 speakers, rear seats with heating, and the two inductive chargers for smart phones, as well as the panorama glazed roof upon which the design of the Model 3 is recognizable.
The degree to which you can be used an autopilot technology for autonomous driving depends on the local laws in each country, but Elon Musk says that every car has the hardware required for it, which includes 8 cameras and 12 ultrasonic sonar sensors and a front radar, as well as the processing power using the data from all of them. The software uses all this hardware costs an additional 4250 euro (for Enhanced Autopilot package), and the car is completely autonomous, that amount will need to be finish the payment of another 2500 euro.
Elon Musk in one of his tweet also confirmed that Model 3 will get the famous “‘Ludicrous mode” of the drive which will completely “unlock” the potential of the electrical plant of the car. When the mode is active in the most powerful Model S (P100D), the vehicle can accelerate from 0-100км/h in just 2.3 seconds, something that the Model 3 will certainly not achieve because it will not fit a battery of 100 kWh.’