Tesla announced its most affordable car a few years back, It is called the Model 3 and the features had some people thinking it was a joke. Rumors about the car even said that it could have ice melting solar roof, or maybe even the Panasonic’s solar roof technology for powering the car. The anticipation for the car went pretty high as the company received over 325,000 preorders in just a week. After a really long wait, the company has finally announced that the Tesla Model 3 is entering production on Friday.
While all the previous high-end Tesla cars were meant fur the luxury buyers, the Tesla Model 3 is priced at $35,000 aiming to reach the mainstream market. The price is half as much as the Model S which costs $70,000 without any extras added.
The Model 3 sedan will be delivered to the first 30 customers as soon as July 28 just as Elon Musk had promised. The only question is whether Tesla will be able to produce the car in the insane numbers that it was ordered? 400,000 preorders have been booked with $1,000 deposits for the Tesla vehicle, and we are looking at the company’s highly automated production lines for the purpose.
Musk has described the Tesla Model 3 as “a smaller, more affordable version of Model S with less range and power and fewer features.” He added that the “Model S has more advanced technology.”
While the Model 3 will still be equipped with Tesla’s autopilot system, it won’t have any significant new technology or features. It will also be slightly slower than its predecessor, going from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds, compared to 2.3-4.3 seconds with the Model S.
The Model 3 will be able to drive 215 miles in a single charge.
In terms of size, the Model 3 will be 184.8 inches in length with room for five adults, which is a little less than the five adults and two children that fit in the Model S thanks to its rear-facing seats.
And as for the Tesla Model 3 interior and exterior—well, pictures speak louder than words.
Tesla has promised only 100 units for August, but the number will rise to 1,500 is September and then 20,000 in December. Tesla plans to manufacture as many as 500,000 units by 2018 and go as high as a million by 2020. Pretty ambitious eh? But that will be made possible only by minimizing the human involvement in the process as Musk said, “You can’t have people in the production line itself, otherwise you drop to people speed.”