Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors has a grand plan to reduce the choke on our lovely planet. Though it started over a decade ago, Tesla’s vision of sustainable transport is beyond the reach of many. Working on limited resources and capital to do what no automaker dares to do, rolling out its first model, the Roadster, which took the world by surprise with stunning aesthetic, performance and range, thus dismissing the notion that electric car is ugly, underperforming and lacks of the range. It was pricey, though, so were the two subsequent mid-volume models, the Model S and Model X. But all that were done was necessary to bring affordable electric car to the masses someday and that someday is today when Elon Musk unveiled electric car for the masses, the Model 3.
True to the promise, Model 3 price starts at $35,000 and it does so without cutting back on design and features, which includes Tesla’s high-speed Supercharging. Performance aspect, the car will get you at least 215 miles per charge and the base model makes 0-60 in under 6 seconds. Musk said that the Model 3 is just as good even without loading it up with options, adding that Autopilot hardware is standard on Model 3, along with all Autopilot safety features. Despite its more compact size, it can still fit five adults comfortably. In order to achieve the desired comfort level, Tesla compresses the instrument panel which allows the front seats to moved forward so both the front and rear occupants will have ample legroom. Additionally, it has a single continuous glass for the rear roof area to convey openness, creating a sense of spaciousness.
Safety was emphasized too, with Musk claiming that the Model 3 achieved 5-star rating in all categories relating to safety. Beyond that, little was being introduced. But that’s understandable, considering that the car will only go into production in late 2017, which means between now and then, improvements can be made and features added. Speaking of production, Tesla is gunning to turn out half a million car a year from its Fremont facility. Since March 31 morning, Tesla has been taking pre-order for a modest $1,000 deposit and at the time (8.30PM PDT) of the official unveiling, it has already rolled in more than 100,000 pre-orders.
I guess it is a good news for the electric car maker and also for the stifling environment, and I am pretty sure Tesla Model 3 is making oil tycoons cringe.
Source: Tesla Motors