Tesla is a newbie in the automobile industry, especially compared to other older and much bigger producers like Ford. Still they are quite in the spotlight these days because of their revolutionary electric cars, specifically their newest model, the Model 3. It is supposedly a game-changer, making greener cars much more affordable and accessible to the general public.
Electric cars are without a doubt, much more environmentally friendly than their gasoline and diesel versions but they have not been so popular with customers for a long time. In the beginning, they have not been known to have the same performance as “ordinary” cars, nor capable of traveling fast due to their limited batteries.
Tesla has been working hard to change this idea with their luxury models. Superior in terms of performance and longevity, they have proven that a great electric car does exist, but with a hefty price tag. That is until Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduced the Model 3.
1. First of All, The Price
The previous Tesla models are certainly targeted at those with a little bit of cash to spare. For a long time, Tesla was always about luxury electric cars, which also is not as bad considering the fact that their yearly production is only a fraction of the big car producers.
Now their aim has shifted to normal people, young professionals, families, and even retirees. With the price tag at around $35,000, it suddenly became possible to own one of those cool Tesla cars. Because of the popularity and the perception of the other Tesla models, people started lining up for the first entry-level version. It is, in fact, so much in demand that about 400,000 have ordered their cars.
2. The Reach
Many people have opted for traditional gasoline or diesel cars because they perceive electric cars as unsuitable for longer drives. It is not just the limited battery capabilities that is a factor, but also the lack of infrastructure on charging stations.
Tesla cars have one of the highest mileages in the electric car market, and the new Model 3 is no different. The base version is capable of traveling almost 350 kilometers on a single charge but buyers have the option to upgrade the battery to increase this even more, or up to 480 kilometers. Unless you are going for a long drive across the country, this is more than enough for most drivers.
3. The Speed
Tesla’s CEO has been very proud of the fact that they do not produce slow cars. This is, of course, another great selling point for those who really love fast cars. The Model 3 will not disappoint. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. For an electric car, one that is mass-produced at that, this is almost unheard of, especially in this price range.
4. The Form
The Model 3 is big enough for 5 adults to sit comfortably. Compared to other models, the front seats are a bit more forward, as the goal is to maximize the interior space. Another great feature is the glass roof, made of one pane of tinted glass. It gives passengers a feeling of more space in the car while also giving them a great view of the sky.
5. The Safety Features
This model is described to be meeting the highest safety ratings due to its added features. First, its autopilot capabilities may be added on for a fee. This means the car will steer, shift lanes, and even park by itself. Standard models will also have cameras that offer 360-degree visibility, sensors, and a computer. At the same time, it will come with a 250-meter range obstacle and collision avoidance system (thanks to its 12 ultrasonic sensors), which are sensitive enough to even catch pedestrians. This system is not just the best that exists at the moment, the company is also committed to providing yearly updates for download.
6. The Charging Features
Another popular feature of the luxury Tesla models is the supercharging capability, allowing owners to drive more than 270 km after charging for 30 minutes. This will be available to Model 3 cars, but not for free like in the more expensive models. However, be assured that this will still be cheaper than buying gasoline.
7. Special Features
Unfortunately, it will not have the special features of other Tesla models like the air filter that promises to clean the air coming inside the car. This would have made it much more popular especially in places that have bad air pollution, so consumers will have to shell out a bit more for the Model 3 to enjoy this.
The other Tesla models allow buyers up to 1,500 configurations (as in the Model S). But since the Model 3 is to be a mass-produced model, the configurations will be much more limited, mostly on color, batteries, and other features like self-driving capability, glass roof, wheel options, and coil suspension. This allows them to build the cars faster as well.
The first cars have already been released in the middle of 2017, though most pre-orders are pledged to be delivered by the end of 2017. Ordering a model now will ensure earlier delivery, so it makes sense to head to the nearest dealer as soon as possible.
10. The Catch: You Have To Wait
The truth is, Tesla does not yet have the facilities nor capabilities to mass produce cars. In fact, in 2015, they only produced about 84,000. The company is heavily investing in new factories to increase production goals to 500,000 a year by 2020, but as of this year, buyers will have to be patient. With pre-orders at around 400,000 in 2016, expect to see some delays in deliveries.
The prospect of having your own electric car is really exciting for a lot of people looking for alternatives to gasoline-powered automobiles, and Tesla’s Model 3 is making this dream a reality for many. The way may still be long to achieve it, but the ambitious goal and efforts of this company take everyone closer to this reality every day.