Elon Musk Speaks A Lot About Tesla Model 3; What Does It Reveal To The Potential Customers?

By Jeff Thompson - 25 Mar '17 10:24AM
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  • (Photo : Scott Olson/Getty) Tesla is expected to start the delivery of Model 3 by late 2017, per the current updates.

Elon Musk, on Friday, came with back-to-back Twitter replies to some potential customers about its upcoming Tesla Model 3. Since the production of the car was expected to kick-off in July, and a huge number of bookings are already made, people are curious to know its details. Some of the questions and his responses are enough to draw what the upcoming model brings to its customers.

Interestingly, he specified that Model 3 is not a new version of Tesla, but it is simpler and cheaper version of its flagship Model S. Though it is a welcome news for many, but for people who expected a new version of all-wheel drive model, it could be disappointing. Musk has said that the Model 3 will come with a rear-wheel drive similar to the early versions of Model S. However, he clarified that rear-wheel drive is only for the early production.

However, he pointed out that the upcoming car would have some latest features and people who opted for autopilot versions, would get the capabilities similar to at least the cars currently available with the feature. The new model will have fewer features and options than Model S, and he confirmed there wouldn't be any seven-seater option, more cargo space, two screens vs. one, higher acceleration, auto extend handles, etc.

Also, the Model S is available up to 100 kilowatt-hours, whereas the Model 3 will only be available till 75 kilowatt-hours. The wheelbase of the car is also shorter compared to the Model S, and it can be concluded that there will be a significant difference in the performance of both the models. Interestingly, Musk did not give a clear answer on the range of Model 3, however, he hinted of what it could be. To someone who asked whether it could be matched with Chevrolet Bolt 238 miles per charge, he replied, "oh, so little faith." Is it mean that the top model with 75 kW-hr may touch 300 miles per charge?

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